NASCAR, IMSA and AMA Pro announce Fanschoice.TV
posted by Mike Neff
Wednesday March 12, 2014
Free live streaming of events will allow fans to view previously unavailable live events online
AMA Pro, NASCAR and IMSA announced the launch of Fanschoice.tv today. The free service will stream motorcycle races, sports car races and regional touring and local short track events. The first event will be the AMA Pro flat track 200 from the 1/4 mile dirt track at Daytona International Speedway.
Fans will have access to multiple camera angles, live timing and scoring and a feed from the track’s PA system. In addition to the touring events from IMSA, AMA and NASCAR, three NASCAR Home Tracks have already signed on to be part of the release. Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, OH., and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. will have all of their races available for viewing on the new service.
NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Whelen Modified Tour and Whelen Southern Modified Tour will all be shown on Fanschoice.tv. The awards banquets for both the Whelen All-American Series and the Touring Series will also be streamed.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
NASCAR Changes Qualifying Format
posted by Summer Bedgood
Tuesday March 11, 2014
Following safety concerns regarding NASCAR’s new qualifying format, the sanctioning body is introducing some changes in preparation for this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. According to the Associated Press, NASCAR is banning teams from cool-down laps after their qualifying attempts, but will instead be allowed to hook up cool-down units to the engine through hood flaps.
Late Tuesday afternoon, a release from NASCAR fully detailed the changes. Teams will be allowed a single cool down unit to be connected through the right or left side hood flap, however the hood must remain closed. Additionally, two crew members will be allowed over the wall while cooling down.
“The qualifying is new to all of us and as we have said over the past several weeks, we are looking at it from all aspects,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition and racing development. “Following discussions, both internally and with others in the garage area, we moved quickly to make a few revisions that will be effective starting with our two national series events at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. We believe this will only enhance and improve what has demonstrated to be an exciting form of qualifying for our fans, competitors and others involved with the sport. Moving forward we will continue to look at it and address anything else that we may need to as the season unfolds.”
The move comes after three weeks of NASCAR’s new knockout qualifying system, where multiple cars are allowed to make qualifying attempts at the same time instead of the traditional one-car-at-a-time procedure. Drivers and teams had complained that the new rules didn’t allow them to cool their engines down on pit road, and the cool-down laps caused a dangerous situation with slower cars staying on the track at the same time that other cars were running by them at much higher speeds.
The rule will begin this weekend in Bristol, a track that has a much narrower racing surface than Daytona, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
Kurt Busch to Attempt The Indianapolis-Charlotte Double
posted by Phil Allaway
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Andretti Autosport announced this morning that Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series, will attempt the Indianapolis 500 in a fifth entry for the IndyCar Series team. Once the Indianapolis 500 is completed, Busch will fly from Indianapolis to Charlotte, jump in his No. 41 Chevrolet and compete in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch considers the opportunity to do the double as an old-school throwback moment.
“This is really to challenge myself within motorsports,” Busch said in Andretti Autosport’s press release. “Perhaps I am a bit of an old-school racer; a throwback, I guess. I enjoyed the era of drivers racing different cars and testing themselves in other series. It is tough to do now for a variety of factors, but when the opportunity is there, I want to do it. While NASCAR is my home, I have been fortunate to compete in Pro Stock on the NHRA circuit a number of years ago and test a V8 Supercar. This opportunity was a talk with Michael [Andretti] over dinner one night, a “What if,” and now it’s becoming a reality for me to drive in the Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport. It’s literally a dream come true. To go to the famous Brickyard with the iconic Andretti name, it doesn’t get much cooler or better than that.”
Busch will be doing the Indianapolis-Charlotte double as a Memorial Day mission to men and women serving in the U.S. Military via the Armed Forces Foundation. Fans can contribute to the cause by texting AFF to 50555 to donate $10.
Busch, who has never raced an IndyCar, passed Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year during a test session. At the time, Busch was more or less testing the Dallara DW12 for fun.
Busch will be the fourth driver to attempt the Indianapolis-Charlotte double. John Andretti was the first driver to attempt it in 1994. After finishing four laps down in tenth in Indianapolis, Andretti crashed and had engine problems in the 600. Robby Gordon has attempted the double five times, most recently in 2004. However, Gordon failed to make it to Charlotte on time and did not start the 600 in 2000 (P.J. Jones started Gordon’s No. 13 Ford in that instance). Finally, Tony Stewart has attempted the double twice (most recently in 2001) and is the only driver to ever complete all 1100 miles. Neither of the three drivers has won either leg of the double. The best finishes are Stewart and Gordon’s sixth-place finishes at the Indianapolis 500 (although Gordon’s came in 2000, the year he didn’t make it to Charlotte in time to start the Coca-Cola 600), and Stewart’s fourth-place finish in the 2001 Coca-Cola 600.
Danica Patrick, Justin Allgaier Talk About Phoenix Incident
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
A disappointing start to the year for Danica Patrick won’t include continued conflict. Patrick met with rookie Justin Allgaier Sunday, shortly after the Phoenix Cup race after a wreck ruined both drivers’ days. Patrick, who was critical of the No. 51 car on the radio, claiming Allgaier was “driving all over the track” appeared receptive to a conversation that quickly settled differences over what will be a long season.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier to the Motor Racing Network. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
Allgaier wound up 30th due to the incident while Patrick was 36th. The incident, which was caused by Allgaier’s spin also involved the No. 32 team and Travis Kvapil, which wound up 38th after sustaining heavy damage.
Camping World Close to Extending Title Sponsorship of NCWTS
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Grand Marshal of Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” made the announcement over the weekend that the retailer is very close to announcing a deal that would continue its title sponsorship of NASCAR’s Truck Series. The original agreement with NASCAR is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season.
According to the sanctioning body, no formal contract has been signed, but “the agreement between the two parties has proven to be a beneficial one.”
“In about a month, we’ll be announcing a significant extension to that contract. It’s been great for us,” said Camping World’s Lemonis in a statement. “The NASCAR relationship has worked well for Camping World. When we started, we had 35 stores. Now, we’re up to 120 stores. As we travel the country and we meet new customers in stores, they always are very appreciative of our relationship with NASCAR. It’s been good.”
Gaining a long-term commitment from Camping World to sponsor the Truck Series would be a relief for NASCAR, which is set to lose Nationwide Insurance as title sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the end of the 2014 season. The sponsorship of the Cup Series by Sprint runs through 2016.
The NCWTS is back in action on March 29th at 2:30 PM (ET) when the trucks visit Martinsville Speedway in the Kroger 250, which can be seen on Fox Sports 1. Ratings for the season opener were up 11 percent.
Harvick Takes Win At Phoenix In Second Race With New Team
posted by Justin Tucker
Monday March 3, 2014
Phoenix International Raceway has become Kevin Harvick’s home away from home. Sunday Afternoon was no exception as Harvick charged to the front early and would dominate for much of the day, leading 224 of the scheduled 312 laps to record his record fifth win on the one mile oval and his third win in the last four races at Phoenix.
Harvick, coming off of a disappointing Speedweeks which was capped by a last lap crash in the Daytona 500 in his debut with Stewart-Haas Racing, set the tone on Saturday by winning both practices while having the best 5 and 10-lap averages in the first practice of the day on Saturday. On Sunday, Harvick and his No. 4 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet was nothing short of flawless as he was able to hold Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by .489 seconds after a late race restart to claim his 24th career Sprint Cup Series victory.
“Man, this is awesome,” Harvick said after his dominant victory on Sunday. “Man, this just solidifies so many things and so many decisions. It’s been so much work with all the time and effort that these guys (the crew) have put in—but what a race car.”
Stewart Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas shared in Harvick’s excitement after the race.
“It took long enough,” Haas joked. “This is phenomenal. I think there was a lot of skepticism last year about what myself and Tony (Stewart) what we were up to, was there a lot of madness to this. Quite frankly, it’s a great team, there’s a lot of synergy at the shop, people working together. I don’t know what we did, but I think we put together a great organization.”
Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. continued his hot start to the 2014 season. Earnhardt Jr. would finish second on Sunday, marking his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since the end of the 2013 season. Earnhardt Jr. was pleased with the effort after a coast-to-coast whirlwind week after winning his second Daytona 500 and also gave great praise to the efforts of Harvick and the No. 4 team.
“I’ve got to congratulate Kevin. Those guys were two-tenths faster than everyone all weekend in practice. They were just phenomenal,” Earnhardt said. “To be able to run with them all day was a big confidence builder for us.”
Joining Harvick and Earnhardt in the top 5 of The Profit on CNBC 500K were Brad Keselowski with his second consecutive top 3 run of 2014 in third. Keselowski’s Team Penske teammate Joey Logano would finish fourth, and Jeff Gordon would come home fifth in his No. 24 Pepsi Max Chevrolet.
Jimmie Johnson finished in sixth, followed by Ryan Newman with a nice rebound after Daytona in seventh. Carl Edwards would carry the banner for Roush Fenway Racing by finishing eighth, Kyle Busch was ninth, and Jamie McMurray would finish tenth.
A look at the Profit on CNBC 500K by the numbers. There were 14 lead changes among eight different drivers, there were eight cautions for 39 laps which slowed the race pace to 109.229 MPH.
Next Sunday, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sin City and the Las Vegas Motor
Starting Lineup: The Profit On CNBC 500K
posted by Thomas Bowles
Saturday March 1, 2014
Drivers in RED (i) are those ineligible to collect Sprint Cup points
Daytona 500 TV Ratings Down
posted by Frontstretch Staff
Wednesday February 26, 2014
What was the longest weather delay in Daytona 500 history turned out to bring NASCAR lower ratings and TV viewership Sunday night than expected. According to a report Monday from FOX Sports, the 56th running of the Daytona 500 airing at 8 PM (ET) posted a 5.6/10 national household rating/share which averaged 9.3 million viewers. That’s down 44 percent from last year’s 9.9, easily making it the least-watched Daytona 500 of all-time.
Due to the six-hour, twenty-two minute rain delay in Daytona, the race was up against the primetime coverage of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony from Sochi, Russia on NBC (15.25 million viewers). FOX also reported that 69% of the pre-rain delay viewers of the race, which began at 1 PM (ET) kept tuning in.
In comparison, the 2013 Daytona 500 on FOX was the most-watched race in five years, posting a 9.9/22 rating/share, commanding 16.7 million viewers. The Daytona 500 in 2012, the first to ever be run on a Monday and in the primetime slot did a 7.7/13 overnight rating/share which resulted in 13.67 million households viewing the race according to Nielsen TV ratings data.
Earnhardt, Jr. Claims Second Daytona 500 Victory
posted by Justin Tucker
Wednesday February 26, 2014
Ten years is a long time. For Dale Earnhardt, Jr., it felt like an eternity. NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver endured many near misses and close calls at the Daytona 500 since his only win in the Great American Race in 2004. Earnhardt had finished second in two of his last three Daytona 500s coming into Sunday’s race. He was also riding the tail of a 55-race winless streak, dating back to Michigan in 2012.
However nothing would stop Dale Jr. on Sunday, not even a 6 hour and 22 minute rain delay from capturing his second Daytona 500 win. Earnhardt Jr. led a race-high 54 laps on the evening and used some timely drafting help from teammates Jimmie Johnson and, on the final restart, Jeff Gordon to separate from the pack and secure the victory.
“Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said a jubilant Earnhardt after pulling into Victory Lane. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart. This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.”
Aside from the race itself the big story of the race was the 6 hour and 22 minute red flag, which threatened to move the race to Monday evening (had the race been postponed, FOX Sports’ Chris Myers had tweeted that the race would resume at 5:00pm EST). However, Mother Nature would cooperate and would allow the race to be run under different conditions from which they practiced this week. Once the race resumed, the intensity picked up from the changing track conditions. This allowed the pack to race side-by-side and at times 3-wide up to seven rows deep.
Joining Earnhardt Jr. in the top 5 for the 2014 Daytona 500 were: Denny Hamlin who closed out a spectacular Speedweeks in second, Brad Keselowski in third, Jeff Gordon in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson who overcome two wrecks leading up to the 500 in fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 in the Daytona 500 were Matt Kenseth in sixth, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in seventh and Greg Biffle would bring his No. 16 Ford home in eighth. Austin Dillon would come home ninth in his first Cup Series race in the iconic No. 3 for Richard Childress Racing, while Casey Mears would round out the top 10.
A couple of major contenders for the Daytona 500 win would see their hopes dashed early on as Martin Truex, Jr. would blow up just 30 laps into the race, relegating him to a 43rd-place finish in his debut for Furniture Row Racing. Crew chief Todd Berrier was already in Nashville for a test session before the race was even over. Kyle Busch, meanwhile would have a pit road violation just before halfway and would spend much of the race battling back from that mistake. Busch would eventually finish 19th after leading 19 laps.
Danica Patrick would also be bit by bad luck as she was caught up in a multi-car wreck on lap 145. Patrick would lead her second consecutive Daytona 500, but wouldn’t have the finish to show for it finishing 40th. Tony Stewart would encounter a frustrating evening as well, with a fuel pickup problem derailing his quest for his first Daytona 500 win. Stewart would finish 35th.
A look at the Daytona 500 by the numbers. There were 42 lead changes among 18 drivers, while seven cautions for 39 laps would slow the race pace to 145.290 MPH.
Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to the “diamond in the desert,” Phoenix International Raceway for The Profit on CNBC 500K. The Green flag is scheduled for 3:15pm EST.
Nationwide Series Post-Race Quotes: Drive4COPD 300
posted by Thomas Bowles
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Frontstretch Interviews – Courtesy Mike Neff
ELLIOTT SADLER – FINISHED 4th
Thoughts on the race?
It’s definitely a lot different racing than what we’re used to.
Comfortable with it?
Yeah, it’s just different. You’re worried about what you’re doing, but you’re also worried about what everyone else is doing and they’re not doing more than you’re doing. Physically pushing a guy is way better than just riding so you just gotta time it right and push it to the edge.
Happy to start the year with a top 5?
Yeah. Hell, that was the worst we ran all day, I think. I have no idea how they put the 3 car in front of us on that last restart. I hadn’t seen the 3 car hardly all day. When they put us from fifth to sixth, on the outside line, it just really boxed us in. I would have really restarted behind my teammate and given him a good push to the front. Anyways, it is what it is; we’ll take it and move on.
Looked like you were up front all day.
The guys did a good job. We had a fast race car. Great pit stops, just really proud of these guys. The car’s in one piece and we can take it to Talladega now. Great job by my guys. A lot of effort came into coming down here to Daytona and giving ourselves a shot to win. We had that chance to be up front and make some things happen. Fifth is not what we want, but we’ll take it and move on.
Bumping vs Pushing?
It’s way harder. You don’t want to lay on the guy in front of you, so it’s tough racing. A lot different than what we’re used to, ‘cause you gotta go. You gotta drag the brake too ‘cause you don’t want to hit the guys and you don’t want to stay on him. It’s a lot harder mentally than what we’ve done in the past.
Car was strong all day. Pushing vs. Bumping, is that harder to do than just getting on somebody and pushing them?
Yeah, it is a little bit. When you bump ‘em, you jar ‘em, it kinda jacks ‘em a little bit. It’s a little more abrupt, obviously. I thought it was OK there at the end. It was certainly fun and hopefully entertaining. But a little bit of a struggle in the early part of the race and the midpart of the race to see a good race. And that’s unfortunate for the fans. You can’t do that the whole race, you can’t tear up your stuff, knock your grill in, overheat your motor, all that stuff so there’s no sense in doing all that until you get down to the last lap. The 7 and the 6, they did a good job. Man, the 7 really held the 22 and I tight on the bottom. I was rubbing his door and hitting the apron at the same time, no room whatsoever. So it was good; wish we were the ones who could have won but a lot better now than what we were last year.
Going home in one piece makes it a lot better, right?
Yeah. My back feels good. My foot feels good. Past years here, I’ve been going home with pain so I’m alright.
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Voices From the Heartland : Special Edition! · Jeff Meyer · Saturday April 12, 2008
It often appears that the suits in NASCAR hold all the cards; they are usually confident that no matter what the circumstances, they always have four aces up their collective sleeves. But a young driver named Aaron Fike — in his bid for eventual re-instatement as a NASCAR competitor — may have just laid down a Royal Flush.
Fike's recent admission that he used heroin on days he was scheduled to race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series before he was suspended in July of '07 has left many in the racing world stunned, and at the very least, has Brian France and his court jesters frantically searching for a napkin to wipe the egg from their faces. One of the reasons Fike's admission is so stunning is because it is a 180 degree turn around from statements he made in an Associated Press interview last year, after undergoing 4 months of intense rehab.
“I was sporadic in my use. It wasn’t every day,” the 25-year-old driver said last November. “I made sure I was clean when I went to the track. But it was definitely consuming my life.”
While part of Fike's story has remained the same since this whole ordeal started — including the fact that he was addicted to painkillers for about six years prior — he now asserts that his "sporadic" once a week heroin use became a daily habit he couldn’t kick… even on race days.
Now of and by itself, Fike's daily admission normally would not have any effect on the powers that be in the ivory towers in Daytona. In fact, they are ignorant enough, and think people are stupid enough, that they would probably sit back, dislocate their own shoulders patting themselves on the back, saying something to the effect that their enforcement of NASCAR's Substance Abuse Policy is working splendidly. The reasons that their shoulders are still in their sockets, however, can now be counted on three fingers: Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne.
We’ll get to that in a minute; but first, let’s back up a few years to see how this controversy began.
“NASCAR has a zero tolerance for any type of behavior in violation of our Substance Abuse Policy,” President Mike Helton,once explained. “While our primary responsibility is the safety of our drivers and our fans, we also have a moral responsibility to protect the integrity of our sport.”
Helton said that in September of 2003, following the first suspension of then-Busch Series driver Shane Hmiel. Hmiel, who was re-instated to drive in February of '04, was suspended a second time in June of that same year for violating this same policy. Ironically, Mike Helton was quoted, verbatim, of the above in March of '04, when Kevin Grubb was suspended (the first time). Having said it twice, one would think that NASCAR is super serious about all this!
In June of 2005, I penned a column here on FS that basically said that NASCAR had no intention of "seriously" policing the sport. I said back then that, while they may go after the little guy, once he gets in trouble NASCAR wouldn't dare to test any of the big name drivers for fear of what they may find. I did not say that any big names were, in fact dirty; I just said that NASCAR never would take a chance on finding out. Too much corporate money would be at stake, making it a financial risk the sanctioning body was simply unwilling to swallow. I caught a lot of guff for that column; and NASCAR, meanwhile, continued to assert that they were tough on the issue.
In 2007, after Fike's initial arrest, NASCAR's Managing Director of Corporate Communications, Ramsey Poston, once again gave us assurance that NASCAR's policy was more than enough.
“We have much broader authority than other professional leagues,” said Poston. “We can take action based on physical signs of droopy eyes, slurred speech, etc. And there aren’t many secrets inside the garage area, so in that respect, we have some help there as well. Everyone understands what it is. The action is swift and impacting.”
This brings us back to the present day. In the response to Fike’s admissions this week within that very same garage, we now see just exactly how "everyone understands what it is,” and why those three reasons I mentioned earlier (Harvick, Stewart and Kahne) make Fike's daily heroin use admission so embarrassing to NASCAR.
“In the 10 years that I’ve raced, I’ve never been drug tested,” said Kevin Harvick, reacting to Fike's latest statements. “To me, that’s not a proper drug policy for a professional sport. We haven’t made any headway whatsoever on the drug testing policy. I have been in a race with him, and I know for a fact that he’s not the only one.”
Well, so much for there not being many secrets in the garage! Even though NASCAR may have had its head in the sand, others had their suspicions.
“I definitely wondered about Aaron, so I’m sure others did,” said Kasey Kahne. “When he said he did heroin before a race, that’s incredible that no one knew. As much money as there is in this sport, I think we should take a little more effort to make sure every driver is clean.”
“I’ve never been asked to take one yet,” added Tony Stewart to the debate. “I think it should be mandatory to have random drug testing. I think it’s a great idea. The Fike situation shows that as an organization, we’re not doing a good job of seeing this before it happens.”
At this point I must say — the column that I penned in '05 not withstanding — it simply amazes me that, even though I have been proved right, the likes of Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick HAVE NEVER BEEN CHECKED ONCE! That is simply ludicrous!
How does all this play to Aaron Fike's favor? It accomplishes a small goal that he set out to do; make NASCAR rethink its current drug testing policy, something the sport had been cleverly avoiding. And it’s working; three big names have basically backed him up, exposing NASCAR's ineptitude to give his admissions maximum impact.
Currently, Fike is racing in the USAC Midget series, where he is tested each and every time he goes to the track. Could that kind of thing happen in NASCAR, at least for those that have been in trouble before? Don't hold your breath. When told of Fike's admission, NASCAR said that while they have "kept an eye on" recently toughened drug testing policies of the "Big Four" professional sports, they still think their system is working pretty well.
“No system is perfect,” said Jim Hunter, NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications. “Our current policy has served us extremely well. We do have discussions from time to time regarding possible alternatives, so I wouldn’t rule those out. But I think what our policy has allowed us to do up to this certain point in time has served us well.”
Yep, so well we now find out people were racing on heroin!
This isn't rocket science here, folks! Every driver should have to pee in a cup at least once a year; twice would be even better. What's so hard about that?
So, my hat is off to Mr. Aaron Fike and to the other big names that have, once again brought this up. Anyone taking wagers that we see a change in policy in the future?
If it happens, we know who to thank.
Stay off the wall,
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Remember a year or so ago when Czar Brian was witnessed driving erratically and hitting things? He got out of it. Remember when Michael Waltrip left the scene of an accident and hid out from police? He got out of it. You can’t police your organization effectively if you and your chosen ones are guilty of wrong doing.
It would not be difficult or expensive to test every driver at every race. nascar already has doctors,medical facilities and enough money to enforce such a policy. I can see making the enforcement of the crews the responsibility of the individual teams. There isn’t one driver out there that would refuse to submit a couple of hairs and pee in a cup each week to keep racing and making buckets of money…unless they had something to hide.
â€œNo system is perfect,â€ said Jim Hunter.
Hi is right on that score. They have a perfect system, NONE.
The ARMY already has a system for them to use.
I was, along with many other duties, my companies Urinalysis Officer for several years.
Once a month I got to know some of my troops up close and personal.
It took all of an hour or so to get it done. Just a few guys picked at random by the computer from the roster.
By the end of the year everyone got hit once. Being that random keeps guys on their toes.
It is such a simple system, NA$CAR will probably never do it.
Am I off the wall or shouldn’t it just be common sense to drug test regularly? If you have nothing to hide then what’s the problem? Some of us making far less money in far less dangerous jobs are required to drug test at our jobs. Would anyone want to be out on a race track driving at those speeds with someone using drugs? It’s time for NASCAR to put it’s money where it’s mouth is. The drivers are not happy with the COT but NASCAR is telling them ist’s for their own good and it’s a much safer car. Now prove to the drivers you really want a safe environment and start drug testing!!! I’m not a Kevin Harvick fan but listen to him!!! He’s talking good common sense!!!
so when is fike lying?
Don’t forget that drug tests aren’t always accurate. When a test can come up positive for heroin after one has eaten a poppyseed sandwich then something is terribly wrong. Also, are steroids going to be included in the list of banned drugs? What about alcohol? Also, some drugs disappear faster than others: Heroin,alcohol, and cocaine are gone within 12-24 hours while “pot” takes 30 days.
YouTube some Alice In Chains concerts from 1993. Layne Staley is under the infulence of heroin in a lot of them. You don’t need a drug test for that. You’d think SOMEBODY would have seen him exhibiting some signs of being under the influence of the most wicked drug on the planet.
Jeff “it simply amazes me that, even though I have been proved right, the likes of Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick HAVE NEVER BEEN CHECKED ONCE! That is simply ludicrous!”
Why? Under the policy in force the assumption is no one dropped a dime on any of those three drivers.
What is more troubling is Kahne’s implication he suspected Fike of being under the influence of something. Where are the so-called “reporters” tracking down that admission?
Did he tell NASCAR officials, if not why not? And if he didn’t, or anyone else that doesn’t in the future is just as culpable in the event something tragic happens on the track.
A note to Dennis: Not just the Army but the entire U.S. Military has a well enforced drug policy.
However a note of caution to those, including the USAC officials testing Fike at “every event,” that think the solution is testing at the track you, and USAC, are misguided, at best.
Dependent on the drug, and the type of testing used a result is just not possible to obtain the night on an event, the process takes too long and takes specialized equipment perform. The equipment is vital (as opposed to the crap they are selling over the counter to parents) to minimize the possibility of false positives.
Marc, you are so right. I am an RN who works in Labor and Delivery (birthin’ babies) and we test our patients when they come in to have babies in suspicious ways, have a past history of drug use, or have no prenatal care. This is the urine test, which is sent to the lab where specialized equipment searches for CATEGORIES of drugs. This test can take several hours to get the results of, depending on how busy the lab is…and for the person who said you can test positive for heroin if you eat a poppy seed sandwich (EW!!) this is a popular misconception,and it’s not entirely true. It would take a LOT of poppy seeds to create a false positive for OPIODS on a drug screen.
Blood tests are more accurate, but also take a long time, are more invasive, and like someone else indicated, most drugs, other than Marijuana, are out of your system quickly enough that by the time this test as a verification of a postive urine result were done, it could be out of your system, so you would test negative.
Also, what some in the general public do not realize is that some drugs don’t show up on traditional urine blood tests.
Until recent years, when it became a nation-wide problem, Crystal meth didn’t show up on standard urine drug tests.
I agree, it would be such a simple thing to institute a procedure like the military. However, I personally have known someone retired from the military who admitted when deployed overseas, he DID use drugs, so even THAT policy is no perfect. There ARE ways to get around urine drug tests, even random ones.
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