Mayfield continues his drive to return to racing

On Monday, Jeremy Mayfield had a court appearance in North Carolina. Last night he called into the MRN radio station to speak to Brian France.

Jeremy Mayfield continues to fight the battle with the courts in North Carolina on serving any “jail time” for the charges of stolen goods, and the illegal substance abuse charges. It has been over a year since the former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver was arrested.

Last night, Mayfield decided to call into the Motor Racing Network’s “NASCAR Live” radio show. Eli Gold is the host of the popular show. Reason for Mayfield’s call was due to the fact that Brian France, NASCAR Chairman, was one of the guests.

Mayfield: “I just want to ask Brian if he’s willing to accept the fact that I’d like to come back racing and if we could sit down and talk about it and figure out what we would need to do and make that work.”

Brian France
Brian France

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Of course the first reply from France was to remind Mayfield about the NASCAR recovery program for drivers who violate the sport’s substance-abuse program.

France: “Jeremy, you know the path back for you. It’s the path back for anybody. I’ve always hoped that you would choose the right path and not litigation and a bunch of other things.

“That’s up to you. You have a welcome mat out (for you) anytime you want. There’s a stated process that AJ Allmendinger just went through and we welcome him back and it’s terrific. That’s up to you.”

As of this past Monday, Mayfield has elected to not accept any plea bargain agreements that would see him serving time in prison. The latest came after he appeared for a hearing at the North Carolina Superior Court in Newton. Further hearings will happen but no time frame for them has been established.

“They are talking and hopefully we can get something worked out in the next couple of weeks and go from there,” Mayfield said outside the courtroom. “It possibly could (happen this week). Communication is open.”

Mayfield failed a NASCAR drug test in May of 2009 and was suspended by NASCAR at that time. He failed the second test two months later. He later attempted to file a law suit against NASCAR even though he had tested positive for methamphetamine. Making things worst for Mayfield was the fact that during his arrest, he was charged with possession of the same drug. He faces 19 felony counts.

The radio chat between France and Mayfield ended on a positive note: Mayfield: "I didn’t mean to bother you on the show but it’s the only way I could get hold of you and I figured it would be a great opportunity to do that. You guys have a good night.”

France: “We’d love to have you back.”

MRN sound bite

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Eric Gilbert
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Tags brian france, mayfield, nascar-cup