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?