Jeremy Mayfield's stepmother has sued the suspended NASCAR driver, claiming he made slanderous, false and defamatory statements.
In civil court papers filed Wednesday in Statesville, N.C., Lisa Mayfield argues her stepson falsely accused her of killing his father and taking money from NASCAR. She's seeking compensatory and punitive damages of more than $10,000 each and "further relief as the Court may deem just and proper."
Jeremy Mayfield's comments in several interviews came after his stepmother signed an affidavit claiming she witnessed him taking methamphetamine at least 30 times over seven years. Her affidavit was part of a NASCAR filing asking the federal judge who lifted Mayfield's drug suspension to reinstate the ban.
An appeals court has since ruled in NASCAR's favor to keep Mayfield off the track.
The driver sold his race team to North Georgia businessman John Carter , making any return to NASCAR even more unlikely.
Carter-Simo Racing will use the equipment to field cars for Terry Labonte and Boris Said in selected races.
Carter bought six cars and the team hauler.
While it's becoming more difficult for Mayfield to ever return to the track, he said he will continue to fight NASCAR's drug testing policies and two different tests that showed methamphetamines in his system.
He contends the positive result came from a mixture of allergy and attention deficit disorder medications, and he said he's taken private tests to prove that.
odd man out: Jamie McMurray was told by Roush Fenway Racing this weekend he's free to look for a new job. McMurray's contract is done at the end of this year, but his sponsor, Crown Royal, announced Tuesday it was moving to Matt Kenseth's car next year.
Carl Edwards is set with Aflac, Greg Biffle is set with 3M and David Ragan is set with UPS. With Kenseth getting Royal Crown next season, it makes McMurray the odd-man out at Roush Fenway.
His best offer might be at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, where the team is committed to keeping the No. 1 Chevrolet on the track. Car owner Chip Ganassi said the No. 1 will be back, although driver Martin Truex Jr. said he will move over to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2010.
Ganassi vowed to keep two teams for next year to give Juan Pablo Montoya a teammate. McMurray has emerged as the leading candidate.
LIMITED PASSING: If not for the double-file restarts and pit stops, there wouldn't have been a single pass for the lead under green-flag conditions at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
The double-file restarts allow all the lead-lap cars to line up side-by-side after a caution. Montoya passed Mark Martin during one restart; Jimmie Johnson made the race-winning pass of Martin on another.
Without the restarts, the race essentially was another example of follow-the-leader. Drivers said the aerodynamics of the car make it nearly impossible to race side-by-side since cars stuck in traffic lose traction with the front wheels.