Mayfield Saga of '09 May Bring Drug Policy Changes in '10

As the Mayfield v. NASCAR case continues on into the new decade, new drug testing policy changes may be on the way.

A statement from NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston regarding possible changes:

“Any of those changes, if we have any, we’ll announce those as the new season begins. This is the part of the season where we’re finalizing our [policies]. & We will always update policies and procedures any time there is an opportunity to improve them. I don’t think you’re going to see anything radical.”

I sure hope we see something. Need I remind you how the current policy works?

– NASCAR tests the drivers it wants to, when it wants to. Randomly.

– NASCAR sends the samples to a crappy lab.

– If the results come back “positive” for a driver, NASCAR suspends that driver indefinitely.

– If that driver makes a statement telling the general public why he believes the test came back the way it did, NASCAR fires back in a harsh manner.

– That driver takes NASCAR to court to get an injunction to overturn the suspension.

– If the injunction is granted, NASCAR will make sure that no team lets that driver race until they can get the injunction reversed.

– If the injunction is reversed, then both sides will continue to fight in court for at least a year, or until the driver goes broke; whichever happens first.

So yeah, I think some changes are necessary. How’s this for a new policy:

–  Every week, if a driver crashes out of a race, they are tested for meth, pot, or whatever else makes your brain go crazy; If they finish in the top 10, they are tested for performance enhancers.

– The samples will be sent to Labcorp, the most trusted name in lab testing.

– If a driver’s results are negative, leave them alone that week.

– If a driver’s results are positive, tough cookies. Suspend ‘em.

– If that driver tries to run his mouth, let ‘em. He’ll just wind up looking like an idiot, and NASCAR will look smart because they did their testing through a trusty, independent lab.

Which policy is better?

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