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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield made an unexpected appearance on a call-in radio sportscast Tuesday.
Mayfield called in to talk with NASCAR CEO Brian France who was a guest on Motor Racing Network's "NASCAR Live" radio broadcast.
"I thought I would just call in and see how you guys were doing" Mayfield said. "Haven't been around much to talk to you guys lately, and just wanted to ask Brian if he's willing to accept the fact I'd like to come back racing and if we could sit down and talk about it and figure out what we need to do to make that work."
France pauses as if caught off guard but quickly gathers himself.
"Well, Jeremy, you know the path back for you — it's the path back for anybody," France said. "I've always hoped you would choose the right path and not litigation and a bunch of other things, but that's up to you and you have a welcome mat out anytime you want," France said. "There's a stated process that AJ Allmendinger just went through and we welcomed him back, and it's terrific. That's up to you."
Mayfield seemed content with the response and ended the call.
"OK, well, I appreciate that," Mayfield said. "I didn't mean to bother you on the show, but it's the only way I could get ahold of you and I figured it would be a great opportunity to do that."
Mayfield was suspended from NASCAR in May of 2009 after he tested positive for methamphetamines.
He is scheduled to appear in court next week. WBTV's Steve Ohnesorge reports that Mayfield's attorneys are working on a plea deal with the district attorney's office.