Mayfield claims Brian France had it in for him
Jeremy Mayfield claims that NASCAR Chairman Brian France had him black-flagged during the 2006 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and that NASCAR officials were upset with him in 2009 for signing a sponsor they were courting, according to a court filing late Wednesday.
|If anything the Mayfield case is airing all of NASCAR's dirty laundry and Mayfield is trying to make NASCAR and their leader, Brian France, out as hoodlums |
Mayfield made those claims in asking U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen to reconsider a May 2010 ruling that dismissed his lawsuit against NASCAR over a May 1, 2009 drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines.
The filing is another step in the appeals process – asking the judge to reconsider the decision before actually filing to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
In his request, Mayfield also asks that he be allowed to amend his lawsuit against NASCAR to include those new claims, which he alleges show that NASCAR illegally interfered with his team business affairs and that France disliked him and had personal malice against him.
The allegation surrounding the 2006 race at Indy comes in part from declarations of France’s former in-laws, whom France sued last year when trying to evict them from a home he owned.
In affidavits, both of the his former in-laws say that France, after drinking scotch while in California to be with his pregnant wife during the race, called NASCAR President Mike Helton in the control tower at Indy and asked that Mayfield be black-flagged. When Mayfield got to the pits no NASCAR official ever looked at the car, Mayfield alleges.
“[He] directed that they fabricate a reason to have Mayfield pit his car, so that Mayfield finished nearly last in the race,” the Mayfield filing states.
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston vehemently denied the allegations.
“Mayfield’s claims are blatantly false and Jeremy and his lawyers know it,” Poston said in a statement. “In fact, prior to their filing we notified Mayfield’s lawyers that the allegations were completely baseless and that we had evidence to prove the falsity of the claims.
“Mayfield and his lawyers chose to continue a campaign of lies and disregard the evidence that was discussed with them.” Scenedaily.com