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Mayfield denies illegal drug taking

Suspended NASCAR driver/owner Jeremy Mayfield denied Saturday he had used illegal drugs to cause a positive drug test taken on May 1 and vowed he would not go through drug rehabilitation.

Mayfield also stated NASCAR hasn't even sent him a paper copy of the test indicating which substance yielded the positive result.

Having watched the Sprint Showdown at Lowe's Motor Speedway from an infield hospitality area, Mayfield spoke with a handful of reporters for about ten minutes at the track.

NASCAR suspended Mayfield on May 9 for a failed drug test on May 1 at Richmond. Mayfield stated May 9 that a mix of over-the-counter and prescription drugs had caused the positive result.

But NASCAR chairman Brian France said Friday it was a 'serious' violation resulting from a positive test for either performance-enhancing or illegal recreational drugs that led to Mayfield's automatic indefinite suspension.

"That's what he indicates (about my test), but they've indicated something different every day of the week," Mayfield said in response to France's comments. "I've heard the same story y'all have heard. I really don't want to say a whole lot.

"All I can say is look at me, I'm alive. I'm well. I'm the same guy I was Thursday night before Richmond, Friday night at Richmond, Saturday night at Richmond. I ran the race, and I'm the same guy today as I've always been. My credibility should speak for something."

Mayfield, 39, who has 433 career starts with five victories and two appearances in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, was asked if he denied using illegal drugs to cause the positive result.

"Am I denying it? Yeah, I'm denying it. Illegal drugs? Yeah, definitely," Mayfield said.

Mayfield, who said he has had independent tests done, would not say which prescription drug he is taking. He said he also took two tablets of Claritin-D.

"(The prescription) is not an illegal drug," Mayfield said.

Mayfield said he did not have a paper copy of what drugs he had tested positive for in the May 1 test.



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