Jeremy Mayfield is still fighting.
Appearing on Speed's NASCAR Race Hub program Tuesday night, Mayfield predicted it could be another 12-18 months before his issues with NASCAR are resolved and indicated he'll carry on with his appeals until all his legal options are exhausted.
The former Chase driver who was suspended by NASCAR for a positive drug test in 2009 – setting off a series of ugly allegations and lawsuits from both sides – told host Steve Byrnes that he wished the whole incident never happened.
"I didn't want to be a part of this," he said. "I didn't want to be in the lawsuit. I didn't want to go out in my career like this. I didn't want this to happen."
Mayfield said he was considering racing in another series – he mentioned IndyCar or drag racing – but only if he could find a competitive ride. He and his wife, Shana, missed interacting with fans and being at the racetrack, he said.
Byrnes said Mayfield declined to speak on many subjects related to the suspension due to the pending lawsuit, and Mayfield said he was unable to talk about the case.
"It's hard for me to come here today, because I fight this urge...I have lot of things want to say that I can't," he said. "I don't want to get in any more trouble whatsoever about saying it.
"There's a lot of anger now. There's a lot of things that could come out that wouldn't be good for either one of us."
Mayfield, who won five Cup races in his career, said he's in the process of starting a metal recycling business.