NASCAR DRUG CZAR DISMISSES MAYFIELD’S ALLERGY CLAIM

On Saturday NASCAR suspended Jeremy Mayfield for violating its substance abuse policy. Mayfield immediately rolled out the old "prescribed medicine" defense, saying, "I believe that the combination of a prescribed medicine and an over-the-counter medicine reacted together and resulted in a positive drug test." On Sunday NASCAR fired back with a "liar, liar, pants on fire" response.

NASCAR drug-test administrator Dr. David Black told USA Today, "What we have is a clear violation of policy. In my many years of experience, I have never seen a violation like this due to the combination of over-the-counter or prescription products."

Mayfield is the first Sprint Cup Series driver to violate NASCAR’s new drug-testing policy. He has been suspended as a driver and an owner. The suspension was announced three days after former Sprint Cup driver Kevin Grubb was found dead in a Virginia motel room. Police called Grubb’s death a suicide. Grubb was suspended by NASCAR in 2006 for refusing to submit to a random drug test.