Leave it to NASCAR driver to have four times the legal limit of booze in his system AND still be trying text and drive at the same time. We’re talking about Michael Annett, who was picked up last week in North Carolina and has now been suspended by the racing league.
Annett’s BAC doesn’t get him the “pole position” in the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings, but he does slide in comfortably into the #6 spot, on the outside of the third row. Something tells us he might try to qualify for a better spot sometime in the future.
According to a NASCAR release, in addition to steps being taken by Annett’s team, Rusty Wallace Inc., Annett will be evaluated by a certified substance abuse professional at NASCAR’s discretion and will be subject to random alcohol and drug testing. Annett was charged with DUI, failure to reduce speed, texting while driving and resisting an officer last week. The car he was driving rear-ended another car, which was stopped at a traffic light.
According to the police report, Annett had a blood-alcohol level of .32 – four times the N.C. legal limit of .08.
In one of the stranger stories coming out of NASCAR (and that’s saying a lot these days) a former driver, accused of failing a drug test for meth, had to apologize to his stepmother this week in order to avoid a nasty slander lawsuit. What happened? Driver Jeremy Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR back in 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine. Shortly thereafter his stepmother, Lisa Mayfield, piled on by claiming that she saw Jeremy us the drug at least 30 times and that he once even raced after using it. Not a cool thing to do when your boy is down, but she may have felt she was helping him, or something.
As you can guess, all of that did not sit well with Jeremy, who calmly fired back with:
“She was part of conspiring or she killed my dad, so this is a lady is who is desperate for anything. She’s mad at me, she hates me. I wanted my dad to be here today and not shot in the heart with a .357 pistol.”
Ouch. Things were probably pretty cool at Thanksgiving at the Mayfield house that year.
As you can imagine, Jermey’s statement did not go over well as police reports claim that Mayfield’s father actually committed suicide back in September 2007. They actually investigated the case twice and came back with the same result both times. So, of course, Lisa Mayfield went to court and the slander suit was supposed to start this week, but was settled before it went to trial. As part of the settlement, Jeremy had to make a public apology, which sounded a little bid different than his earlier last statement about his evil stepmother:
“I have previously made statements to the press in which I accused Lisa Mayfield of either murdering my father, Terry Mayfield, or being involved in a conspiracy to murder him. Those statements were made in the heat of my emotional state at the time. I now retract those statements and apologize to Lisa for having made them.”
Mayfield apologizes for hinting his stepmother killed his dad (Yahoo Sports)
Just when you think NASCAR drivers couldn’t look like any bigger idiots, you have one driver, Kyle Busch, fined $25K for making an obscene gesture from inside his car to an official after being penalized to cheating (watch the video evidence) and two others trying to punch each other out after a fender-bender. Can’t we just go back to the good old days and stuff cases of moonshine in their trunks and let the cops chase them through the backwoods in Tennessee?