OK I really don’t want to go there but….. Drug Testing in NASCAR…..the what, where, who, why, and how’s, of how the dr sees the issues today.
“GERMY” Mayfield….. “I am gonna sue!!!!” these rants hasn’t worked for him as yet, so why keep trying? The way I see it is, “If” he failed the test, as claimed then tell what he failed it on, then move on, it will be over, but then the speculation wouldn’t fuel the media machine that Brian France loves to watch. ( “Bad press is better than no press” way of thinking) enough on Mayfield.
Why wont NASCAR release the list of drugs or substances they test drivers for?
“Among the substances NASCAR crews must be tested for are:
– Seven different amphetamines, including methamphetamine and PMA, a synthetic psychostimulant and hallucinogen.
– Three drugs classified under ephedrine.
– 13 different narcotics, including codeine and morphine.
– Ten different benzodiazepines and barbituates.
– Marijuana, cocaine, zolpidem, nitrites, chromates and drugs that can increase specific gravity.
(the crews include – pit crew members, including “over-the-wall” crew members, the crew chief, car chief, team members responsible for tires, fuel and pit crew operation, spotters and race-day support personnel that includes engineers, engine tuners, shock specialists, chassis specialists and tire specialists). No such list exists for the drivers (From Jaski.com) Notice that it says “crews” not drivers. Wonder why the “stars” of the sport don’t have their very own little list? Could it be more of the We write the rules as we go so shut up” mentality? Could it be that they are trying to stack the deck in their favor for future actions? They do have a mean legal team, you don’t believe it? Read a copy of the NASCAR rule book…. then you will see.
Jeff Gordon and his back…….I gotta know…… if the facet thing is a series of steroid shots, and steroids are listed on the drug list , wont this make jeffy fail a drug test? NASCAR’s policy has been zero tolerance, now Jeff has come right out and said that this was a facet blocking procedure (In a facet block procedure, a physician uses fluoroscopy (live x-ray) to guide the needle into the facet joint capsule to inject lidocaine (a numbing agent) and/or a steroid (an anti-inflammatory medication). If the patient’s pain goes away after the injection, it can be inferred that the pain generator is the specific facet joint capsule that has just been injected. (from http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/injections/injections-back-pain-management)and if you doubt me look it up what they do….but since this is NASCAR they refuse to release a list of drugs they test for and what the actions will be if a drug on the list is found in your system, so like everything else NASCAR writes the rules as they go……cant say they dont follow the rules if you never know what the rules are. (NASCAR rule book written by lawyers, for lawyers, not for racing…….)
Think about this, NASCAR has said “no matter who it is a positive drug test will result in suspension” now I am not a “medical Doctor” but I think that some drugs stay in your system for a period of time, and if Gordon had this done earlier this week and he has to “aim for the bottle” this weekend, wouldn’t he be the proud owner of a positive test? But then here again, NASCAR has stated that each case will be reviewed on a case by case basis, now what are Mayfields chances of getting the same treatment in a “case by case “review?
Now don’t take this wrong, I feel that drug testing is a good idea, and I agree with the suspensions, but it is the “how it’s done” thing that bothers me, and the fact that there is not a published list of the drugs “drivers” will be tested for. I am sorry but that reeks, it reeks bad, and if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck…… well you get the picture.
Here is the dr’s solution to the whole ordeal……. first release the list of drugs that the drivers are being tested for. Second, put a gag order in place for 45 days on both parties driver and NASCAR. Third, use one of the 5 minute test at the track, and test every driver there, if the “quick test” gives a positive hit, then have then submit to the more through test, and go from there.
And finally make it a true zero policy, regardless of names. With all the facts out in the open it can’t be said there are back room deals going on. To date there have been 7 drivers suspended by NASCAR for drug issues they are
Jeremy Mayfield, 5/9/2009, Sprint Cup
Aaron Fike, 7/11/2007, Truck Series
Tyler Walker, 5/18/2007, supposedly has been reinstated, Truck Series
Kevin Grubb, twice 3/2004 and 9/11/2006 when refused to take a test (died 5/6/2009), Nationwide Series
Shane Hmiel, three times, last for life, 9/18/2003, 5/2005 and 2/2006, Nationwide Series
Brian Rose, 3/2003, Truck Series
Sammy Potashnick, 2/2002, Nationwide/Truck Series
Now enough of this Jeremy Mayfield stuff, seems pretty bad when the only press your getting is bad press. “Stick a fork in him he is done.”
Now its time to get ready for the longest race of the year! The World 600!
C-ya at the races.