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Attorney: Mayfield owes him 'a lot'

11/1/2009 - NASCAR

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Charlotte-based attorney Bill Diehl says suspended Sprint Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield hasn't paid him for services.

Mayfield recently replaced Diehl and his firm with celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos. Diehl said the driver owes him "a lot" for defending him in his lawsuit against NASCAR.

Mayfield brought suit against the governing body after being suspended indefinitely for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy. Court documents have since revealed he tested positive for methamphetamines.

Diehl wished Mayfield luck with his case, but said, "I'm going to get paid."

Mayfield recently advertised a Nov. 20 auction to sell an executive home, log cabin, ranch home, shop and an engine barn, 475 acres of divided and personal property, construction equipment, tractors, cars, trucks, shop and race equipment, jewelry and guns in Catawba, N.C., County.

Diehl, whose fee is $1,000 per hour, said he doesn't believe Mayfield is as financially strapped as has been reported. He said his firm has asked to be paid and will seek legal action if this doesn't happen.

Diehl would not say how much Mayfield owes him, but said, "We worked very hard."

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