NASCAR Drug Policy: What It Says And What Should Be Changed.

Gary GuilliamsCorrespondent IJune 7, 2009

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 07:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 500 on June 7, 2009 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The fact that NASCAR implemented a new drug policy is great. But, maybe they jumped at the zero-tolerance thing a little to hard after the Aaron Fike thing. A few things that could make the policy better

  1. Appeal system. Just like they have for regular penalties. Let the driver or crew members plead their case before a panel before suspending them.
  2. On the actual drug policy their is a list of 'warning signs' some that are very good and others that are unreasonable. Like...
    1. "Nose constantly runs, or appears red, or persistent sniffing." What if they have a cold?
    2. "Accidents during events"  Really?
    3. "Violent tendencies, loss of temper, or irritability" Drivers are always get angry when they have a bad race (Kyle Busch) and that doesn't mean you're on drugs.
  3. Form a drivers union to make a better policy.
  4. NASCAR has to be consistent. It states in the policy for reason you will get suspended "A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs..." Billy Ballew was convicted with a DUI at Atlanta but wasn't suspended
  5. Be more involved with the drug testing procedure. Don't just contract a company and let them do all the work have somebody from NASCAR actually involved in the whole process.

If these changes as well as others were made there would be a good drug policy in place.