NASCAR Drug Policy

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A prominent authority on drug testing says that the indefinite baning of driver Jeremy Mayfield further indicates NASCAR’s need to make public their list of banned substances.  By making public NASCAR’s list of banned substances, it would protect that organization from legal retributions.

Sources close to the fact indicate that Mayfield took Claritin D, an over-the-counter allergy drug that contains pseudoephedrine, a substance banned by most sports.  Mayfield claims that the failed drug test was a results of a combining an over-the-counter drug and a prescription drug, a possibility that the doctor, Dr. David Black, who runs the NASCAR testing  said is not plausible.

But what bothers Dr. Charles Yesalis, a Penn State professor who testified in front of Congress on performance-enhancing drugs, who also spent 25 years researching drug testing, is that the drivers are not provided a list of the banned substances.  All other professional sports, NBA, NFL, MLB, NCAA, and the PGA , all provide a list of substances that are banned by the governing body of that particular sport.  Dr. Yesalis doesn’t disagree with the findings of the test.  He, too, has never found a problem with Claritin D and positive drug tests!

Dr. Yesalis does state that , for legal reasons, NASCAR does need to be more up front on what they are looking for in their drug tests. (espn)

COMMENTARY:

It appears that the only recourse that Jeremy Mayfield has is to sue NASCAR, if he really is innocent of the accused drug violation.  That is because his offense is non appealable by the agreement that the drivers signed with NASCAR.

The flap with Mayfield’s drug test failure has opened up a very sensitive, and undoubtedly a hotly debated issue!  What is your take on this subject?

12 Replies to “NASCAR Drug Policy”

  1. How can an inity as big as NASCAR not provide a list of drugs that are off limites? Clairaton D is taken by millions of people since it was taken off the list for prescription only.
    Furthermore, if allergies are against the rule they should ban racing of any kind, the air is filled with pollutents from the cars, trees and any other blooming of bushes or flowers. Grass and hay are another form of crap for allergies.
    Mayfield should sue the —- out of them, which hopefully will cause a paper to appear as to what you can not take and drive a car. Maybe allergy medicine should be banned for everyone. We all drive cars and at one time or another have taken these types of medicines.

    Zeeva

    1. If Mayfield’s assertion is correct, then that may be his only recourse. If He is blowing smoke up our collective butts, then he will accept his punishment!

  2. How can an inity as big as NASCAR not provide a list of drugs that are off limites? Clairaton D is taken by millions of people since it was taken off the list for prescription only.
    Furthermore, if allergies are against the rule they should ban racing of any kind, the air is filled with pollutents from the cars, trees and any other blooming of bushes or flowers. Grass and hay are another form of crap for allergies.
    Mayfield should sue the —- out of them, which hopefully will cause a paper to appear as to what you can not take and drive a car. Maybe allergy medicine should be banned for everyone. We all drive cars and at one time or another have taken these types of medicines.

    Zeeva

    1. If Mayfield’s assertion is correct, then that may be his only recourse. If He is blowing smoke up our collective butts, then he will accept his punishment!

  3. Come on Nascar !!!!! Do it right!!! Publish the banned drugs, make the drivers test, then it is a no brainer. What is all the secrets about? If Mayfield is correct, this one should be worth several million dollars in his pocket just for Nascar being stupid! Publish the banned drugs, let them be known, and let go of the Big Club and all the secrecy! Testing then will reveal who is eating/smoking/injecting/ prohibited food, medicine, trees, paper, flowers, plants, gravel, or any non essential vitamins/uppers, downers, go fast pills/trash.
    SSSShhhhhhhhhhh…..Don’t anyone tell Nascar how to do it right. They would prefer to pay Mayfield millions in a lawsuit just like they did the gal who used to work as a Nascar official who sued and won.

    My take on the mess…Go Jeremy!!!

  4. Come on Nascar !!!!! Do it right!!! Publish the banned drugs, make the drivers test, then it is a no brainer. What is all the secrets about? If Mayfield is correct, this one should be worth several million dollars in his pocket just for Nascar being stupid! Publish the banned drugs, let them be known, and let go of the Big Club and all the secrecy! Testing then will reveal who is eating/smoking/injecting/ prohibited food, medicine, trees, paper, flowers, plants, gravel, or any non essential vitamins/uppers, downers, go fast pills/trash.
    SSSShhhhhhhhhhh…..Don’t anyone tell Nascar how to do it right. They would prefer to pay Mayfield millions in a lawsuit just like they did the gal who used to work as a Nascar official who sued and won.

    My take on the mess…Go Jeremy!!!

  5. Come on Nascar !!!!! Do it right!!! Publish the banned drugs, make the drivers test, then it is a no brainer. What is all the secrets about? If Mayfield is correct, this one should be worth several million dollars in his pocket just for Nascar being stupid! Publish the banned drugs, let them be known, and let go of the Big Club and all the secrecy! Testing then will reveal who is eating/smoking/injecting/ prohibited food, medicine, trees, paper, flowers, plants, gravel, or any non essential vitamins/uppers, downers, go fast pills/trash.
    SSSShhhhhhhhhhh…..Don’t anyone tell Nascar how to do it right. They would prefer to pay Mayfield millions in a lawsuit just like they did the gal who used to work as a Nascar official who sued and won.

    My take on the mess…Go Jeremy!!!
    (forgot to put my name to last post) Sorry

  6. Come on Nascar !!!!! Do it right!!! Publish the banned drugs, make the drivers test, then it is a no brainer. What is all the secrets about? If Mayfield is correct, this one should be worth several million dollars in his pocket just for Nascar being stupid! Publish the banned drugs, let them be known, and let go of the Big Club and all the secrecy! Testing then will reveal who is eating/smoking/injecting/ prohibited food, medicine, trees, paper, flowers, plants, gravel, or any non essential vitamins/uppers, downers, go fast pills/trash.
    SSSShhhhhhhhhhh…..Don’t anyone tell Nascar how to do it right. They would prefer to pay Mayfield millions in a lawsuit just like they did the gal who used to work as a Nascar official who sued and won.

    My take on the mess…Go Jeremy!!!
    (forgot to put my name to last post) Sorry

  7. I agree that NASCAR has a DUTY to disclose their “secret” list of banned substances that they are testing for!! Additionally, NASCAR has the RESPONSIBILITY to disclose the substance that Mayfield has “supposedly” tested positive for!!!
    Since NASCAR has deemed failed drug tests and “NON-APPEALABLE” offenses, Mayafield only has one recourse……..to sue NASCAR in a court of law! that will be the only way that this issue is settled. So if Mayfield is truly innocent, then a law suit will ensue!
    For Mayfield’s sake, I personally hope that he is innocent! Only time will tell.

  8. I agree that NASCAR has a DUTY to disclose their “secret” list of banned substances that they are testing for!! Additionally, NASCAR has the RESPONSIBILITY to disclose the substance that Mayfield has “supposedly” tested positive for!!!
    Since NASCAR has deemed failed drug tests and “NON-APPEALABLE” offenses, Mayafield only has one recourse……..to sue NASCAR in a court of law! that will be the only way that this issue is settled. So if Mayfield is truly innocent, then a law suit will ensue!
    For Mayfield’s sake, I personally hope that he is innocent! Only time will tell.

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