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Mayfield saga continues

In a court filing on Tuesday, attorneys for NASCAR asked a federal judge to order suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield to take both a mental and physical examination in an attempt to determine whether he does, in fact, have a substance abuse problem and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, the Associated Press reported.

The motion, which was filed in the ongoing lawsuit in a North Carolina federal court between Mayfield and NASCAR since the driver was suspended indefinitely for failing two separate drug tests, includes affidavits from four individuals who claim to have seen Mayfield using methamphetamines over the course of the past few years.

Mayfield has proclaimed his innocence throughout the entire ordeal and has claimed that his May 1 positive test was the result of his taking prescription drug Adderall-XR, which is used to treat ADHD, along with allergy medication Claritin-D.

According to the AP, the affidavits are from three friends of Mayfield’s who know him from Kentucky. Barry Lee, Michael Buskill and Steven Russelburg all testified to witnessing Mayfield use methamphetamine.

A deposition has also been filed by Mayfield’s former brother-in-law, David Keith, who testified that he witnessed Mayfield snort methamphetamines in his house, garage and car from 1998 through 2000.

JACK DANIEL’S OUT

Richard Childress Racing will face a major sponsorship dilemma at the conclusion of the 2009 race season.

According to a press release issued on the RCR Web site this week, American wine and spirits producer Brown-Foreman announced it would not be extending its current sponsorship deal with its Jack Daniel’s brand and RCR’s No. 07 race team of Casey Mears past the 2009 season.

Brown-Foreman officials cited a change in “spending priorities” as the major reason for the sponsorship withdrawal after four seasons of partnership with RCR.

“Jack Daniel’s has enjoyed a good five-year run with Richard Childress Racing and NASCAR, and we are pleased with the overall performance of our sponsorship program,” Tim Rutledge, vice president and brand director for Jack Daniel’s, said. “We have enjoyed building strong relationships with the people in Richard’s organization and throughout NASCAR. While it is difficult for us to end our formal relationship with RCR, the current economic environment has compelled us to revaluate our spending and we’ve concluded that other areas in the marketing mix require additional investment.”

Three different drivers have donned the Jack Daniel’s label for RCR since the sponsorship program began in 2005. Dave Blaney ushered in the Jack Daniel’s era during the 2005 season, while Clint Bowyer reached the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup twice (2007 and 2008) while driving under the sponsorship from 2006-2008. This season was Mears’ first in the Jack Daniel’s car.

The three drivers combined for over 171 races under the Jack Daniel’s label, scoring two poles, two victories, 16 top-five and 50 top-10 finishes.

THIS WEEKEND

The Sprint Cup returns to Dover International Speedway for this weekend’s AAA 400 and the second leg to the Chase. ABC will show this weekend’s race, which is slated for a 2 p.m. start time. Coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 1 p.m.

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2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Points Standings

Rank…Driver Points Behind

1. Mark Martin 5230 ---

2. Jimmie Johnson 5195 35

3. Denny Hamlin 5195 35

4. Juan Montoya 5175 55

5. Kurt Busch 5165 65

6. Tony Stewart 5156 74

7. Ryan Newman 5151 79

8. Brian Vickers 5140 90

9. Greg Biffle 5138 92

10. Jeff Gordon 5128 102

11. Carl Edwards 5117 113

12. Kasey Kahne 5069 161

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