Crew Members Should Be Able To Defend Themselves

Another week, another victim in the NASCAR Drug Wars.

This week it’s Chris Moore, crew member for AJ Allmendinger’s #43 Best Buy/Insignia Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Moore allegedly failed a drug test on June 22nd, and has been suspended indefinitely for “actions detrimental to stock car racing”, and for “violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy”.

That’s all we know, and that’s all we’ll ever know.

Moore’s failed test isn’t a big story, and neither were the failed tests of the several other crew members who have been suspended under the policy. Thus, there is no need for Moore to make a statement to defend his honor, right?

Well, when NASCAR drivers Jeremy Mayfield and Randy LaJoie failed their tests, they got to make statements. Heck, some of them even got involved in a year-long battle with NASCAR. Yes, their stories were 10 times bigger than that of Moore’s, or any other crew member.

But that doesn’t mean crew members shouldn’t get the same respect.

Consider this: Crew members make a fraction of what drivers do. They get half the credit for a victory, and twice the blame for a loss when they make a mistake. At the very least, shouldn’t guys like Moore be able to defend their honor when plastered with such a horrible offense?

Shouldn’t they be able to tell us what they did, that it was a mistake, and that they’ll never do it again? If they failed because they were on a prescription drug, or were a possible victim of a false-positive, shouldn’t they at least be able to tell us that they didn’t do PEDs, or weed, or even crack?

Crew members are a part of a race team, just like drivers. They don’t make the same amount of money, or share the same amount of credit in a victory. And that’s alright. But they should at least be treated with the same rights as drivers when they get into a situation like Moore finds himself in right now.

Crew members should be able to defend themselves.

Tags: AJ Allmendinger AJ Allmendinger's Crew Chris Moore Drug Policy Drug Wars Jeremy Mayfield Randy LaJoie

  • Jeff

    Crew members have every access to the media that others have. So I guess they should have a special forum to make their post druggie loser bust comments. Ben you need to find something else to do with your life, because you will never make it in the world of NASCAR journalism. Why you ask? Because you suck at it, in a way that is simply hard to even fathom.

    • Ben Montedonico

      I think you’re just a tad bit jealous that Fox Sports picked me of all people to do the Hot or Not column. Thanks for the kind advice, but I think I’ll be fine, bud.

  • Jeff

    Jealous! Let me finally add something to your ever tiny list of redeeming qualites Ben, humor. You will be fine, just as long as you finally come to terms with the fact that in the world of NASCAR journalism, only writers with talent actually make it. When you get out of high school hopefully you will realize that you need to form a more educated opinion about the sport. Writing tiny blurbs on slideshows that 3 or 4 people out of the millions of NASCAR fans comment on is hardly setting the world on fire Ben.

    • Ben Montedonico

      So, you trash my blog, yet fail to tell me exactly which blog it is YOU write for.

  • Jeff

    Easy fella, it’s called constructive criticism. Maybe I am being too harsh, but my first editor ripped and trashed me for two solid years before he acknowledged my improvement. I hated him probably as much as you hate me, but trust me you will thank me later. You may need to look at refining your objectivity and verbalism. You can enforce an opinion, but make it a strong argument. And words like “wicked” don’t do any author credit. Only detract from the general usage of the English language. You might not like my comments but I would completely ignore your blog if I thought it was wholly without merit. Food for thought.

    • Ben Montedonico

      Alright. I’m still waiting on the link though.