Jeremy Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR in 2009 for failing a drug test. That turned out to be only the beginning of his problems.
Following his suspension, Mayfield unsuccessfully sued NASCAR, was divorced by his wife and was arrested for possession of stolen property and methamphetamines.
But according to an article by Bob Pockrass of Sporting News, Mayfield recently experienced a turn of good fortune. The article stated that 10 burglary-related charges against him have been dropped:
The dismissal sheets state that there is insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution because “co-defendant/primary witness against defendant is deceased” and “witness who can establish property was stolen from alleged victim is deceased.”
The article goes on to state that:
According to the indictment, Mayfield was charged for participating in stealing $177,721 worth of goods — mostly electrical equipment — from Red Bull Racing and surface plates and other items worth $20,000 from Fitz Motorsports.
He faces three possession of stolen goods charges, one charge of obtaining property under false pretense and one methamphetamine possession charge in Catawba, while he faces four larceny charges — for stolen goods unrelated to the race-team property — in Caldwell County.
The charges in those counties could carry sentences of more than 27 years in prison, but maximum sentences are highly unlikely. The dropped charges in Iredell County had maximum sentences of more than 13 years in prison.
For those of you who do not remember, Mayfield was a decent NASCAR driver. In 433 careers starts, he has 96 top-10 finishes, 48 top-five finishes and five career wins. In 2009, he made the Chase for the Cup prior to being suspended.
For every successful sports story, there are probably dozens like Mayfield's. I am not condoning what the man has been accused of or did, but we do live in a world of second chances. That being said, it appears Mayfield is looking to put his life back together and make a return to the track.
The article concluded by saying that Mayfield has been more open to the idea of being part of NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. This program is mandated by NASCAR after a driver has been suspended for violating its drug policy. The goal of the program is to offer help to its drivers, and its completion is a requirement to be reinstated in the sport.
A.J. Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR in July 2012 and was reinstated September 2012 after completing the program. Allmendinger returned to the track this season.
Everybody loves a comeback story, and that is exactly what we have here. It would seem that Mayfield still has a long road ahead of him, especially from a legal stance. However, if he were to one day find his way back to racing, people might just be hard pressed not to embrace him.
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