Union to try and unionize NASCAR drivers?

Jeremy Mayfield, who says he's "80% there" on getting a major sponsorship deal that might enable him to once again drive in the Sprint Cup Series, isn't on the entry list for Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. But that doesn't mean he won't be at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Mayfield spoke by phone Tuesday morning, prior to meeting his legal team to discuss his ongoing court battle over NASCAR suspending him from competition as either an owner or a driver as of May 9, due to a positive result for methamphetamine in a random drug test taken May 1 at Richmond International Raceway. "I'd like to come to Indy just to come watch, and to try to get a ride," Mayfield said. "We're working on sponsorship deals as we speak and I'm telling you, if this works out, it's going to be big. And what's funny is, it could be big in all kinds of different ways, and all I needed was [NASCAR's] support, and to work with me on this. They could have had races sponsored and tracks sponsored and I could have been with one of their big teams with a big sponsor and I guess they don't want that, because I didn't need them to get it." NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said that he is "unfamiliar with the possible sponsor opportunity" that Mayfield references. Yet, Mayfield's description of the company he's talking to was vivid. "Sounds like a union, doesn't it?" Mayfield said. "Imagine if they got involved, and they're behind me 200 percent right now. America's not about a dictatorship no more and it never was." NASCAR.com

[Editor's Note: After the treatment of the late great Tim Richmond by NASCAR, and now with Jeremy Mayfield being treated in a similar fashion by NASCAR (did they really spike Mayfield's urine to screw him?) it sounds like Mayfield has a big union that wants to get behind him and sponsor him. The first thing the union will do once they get their foot in the door is to point out to the drivers that it's time to break up NASCAR's dictatorship and convince them to join their powerful union so they can use their power to protect themselves against unfair treatment by bullies. Image raceday with 150,000 fans sitting in the grandstands who paid $100 per ticket, and another 5 million watching on TV and on lap, say 10, all the drivers pull into the pits and walk off the job. The ramifications will reverberate throughout the industry and NASCAR will be brought to their knees. Sure, next race they can try to bring scabs in to drive, but the fans come to see their favorite drivers, not a bunch of scabs.]

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