Do I believe there is a conspiracy going on in NASCAR? No. Do I believe NASCAR has a hard time admitting when they are wrong? Yes. The JP thing in Indy last week was probably correct. And I know they give the driver 5mph over the actual limit, but he went .016 over that. And I know what you are going to say, if you let them go over the 5, you gotta give them more, and more, and so on. But .016?
Also, I guess no one remembers the race a month ago when 27 speeding penalties happened, and NASCAR refused to take the blame. There was 3 handed to one driver! If I am nost mistaken, and in the even that I am, i will admit I did not thoroughly check my facts before writing this.
But the fact remains that NASCAR never even attempted to test the equipment, to make sure something was not off. If they weren't at fault, and there needed to be 27 speeding penalties, than fine, but at least show your participants the courtesy of looking into it. Not just taking the "We're NASCAR we can do what we want, you're wrong, we're right" stance on everything.
I for one know how difficult it is to set up a transponding system at IMS. I worked for the Richard Petty Driving Experience, and worked the Indianapolis runs 4 times in Operations. The transponders we used there are similar to the ones NASCAR uses. But they are not the same. Ours were simply to count lap times. And there wasnt a day that went by that something had to be tweaked.
The set up there is more difficult than most places with the infield being the way it is with the paddock and all. Radio communication, and everything is trickier there. But it is a GREAT place to go when the RPDE team is there. If you have never gone, you really should. It's an amazing experience. One that I am most proud of being a part of. [<plug]
The Mayfield story is one that saddens me to the bone. Why won't NASCAR be more flexible when it comes to where the tests are performed? Why not do an independant test somewhere NASCAR, nor Jeremy has EVER had the samples tested to see what is going on?
NASCAR SHOULD be tough on their drug policy. NASCAR should also be more flexible when positive tests come up. Make it a mandate. If a team member tests positive for a banned substance put a temporary ban on the member. Send the sample, or get another sample from the member, and send it to a lab that has not tested it before.
And/Or, run the less broad test to see what exactly the chemicals are that gave the positive.
Does it cost money to these things? Yes. Does it take a lot of time to them? Yes.
But, not as much time and money in legal fees and court costs. And suspensions.
And both parties leave the situation KNOWING that they were treated fairly, and everything was done to prove the results.
Drivers trust each other every day with their lives. In my eyes, they have deserved the benefit of the doubt. They deserve to be treated as if this was a mistake. NASCAR should come down from it's high-horse, and do everything possible to make sure it doesn't stink after all is said and done.
But from where I am, someone needs to light a candle.