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Jeremy Mayfield's appeal heard in lawsuit against NASCAR

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WBTV) - Attorneys for ex-driver Jeremy Mayfield are asking a federal appeals panel to reinstate his lawsuit against NASCAR over his suspension for failing a random drug test.

A 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Richmond heard arguments Tuesday from Mayfield's attorney.

A federal judge had dismissed the suit in 2010, ruling that Mayfield signed documents that waived his right to sue.

Mayfield was suspended after failing a drug test at Richmond International Raceway in 2009. He sued NASCAR, its owner and the drug testing company for defamation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and negligence.

Mayfield has argued that a combination of over-the-counter allergy medication and the prescription drug Adderall led to a positive test.

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In November, Mayfield was arrested in North Carolina and charged with possessing methamphetamine.

In 2009 Mayfield seemed confident he was going to win the legal fight with his former employer.

"I can tell you this, I'm not going to lay down, I'm going to stand up for what's right and that's the way I am, who I am," he told SIRIUS Radio.

"And they can try and throw every little tactical thing they can throw at me, but I can promise you I am not going down, I want the world to know that, and if I do anything at all, hopefully it will make their drug policy like it needs to be."

However, that was before his most recent legal issues.

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