Mayfield trial set for September 2010

Updated: August 3, 2009, 12:27 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeremy Mayfield's lawsuit against NASCAR has been set to be heard in a trial jury beginning on Sept. 13, 2010, according to court documents filed on Tuesday.

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The date was ordered by U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen.

Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR on May 9 after testing positive for methamphetamines, a violation of the substance abuse policy. The suspension was lifted by Mullen in June, but reinstated by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week.

Mayfield contends he did not take methamphetamines and is seeking to be fully reinstated. He also is seeking damages.

In its most recent filing seeking that the suspension be permanent as long as the case is pending, NASCAR said it has several witnesses willing to testify that Mayfield took methamphetamines. Attorneys already have filed an affidavit from Mayfield's stepmother saying Mayfield has taken amphetamines since 1998.

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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