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Two NASCAR Nationwide Series crew members suspended for failing drug tests: Fan reaction
NASCAR.com reported that, "Troy Hartman and Denise Harmon-Mixon, both crew members in the Nationwide Series, have been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy." Drug abuse is something that has become an issue in organized sports. Drug testing in NASCAR has been done for many years and every year drivers and crew members end up violating the drug abuse policy. When this happens NASCAR always follows the same policy and suspends drivers for the violation. Here is my reaction to this story.
Drug Testing in NASCAR
NASCAR is a very competitive sport and some drivers and crew members have tested positive for the use of drugs during drug testing. I agree with NASCAR that people who use drugs should be suspended indefinitely from the sport. I have heard of drivers using steroid creams and other things that make a drug test turn up positive so each case needs to be decided according to the facts and what the driver allegedly was using at the time that their blood or urine was tested for the presence of drugs. NASCAR should have a type of review board that can conduct investigations on drivers and crew members that test positive for drug abuse.
Crew members who use drugs while in NASCAR could become a liability to themselves or others. We have seen situations where one misstep by a crew member can cause problems for others on pit road. Pit road is a dangerous environment to work in. There are race cars that are traveling at high speeds, tools, and gasoline which can be a breeding ground for accidents. Some crew members have accidentally started fires and injured themselves and others by making one single error while conducting a pit stop for their driver.
Drug use is prohibited in all sports because it can impact a person's overall performance. NASCAR is no different in this aspect and they have to show that they have no tolerance for drug abuse whatsoever. When you put possible drug use in conjunction with fast cars people could get hurt or die. Hopefully, these two crew members that have been suspended will be able to explain away their positive drug test reports or will get treatment that they need for their substance abuse issues.
Arrivanna Brooks is a long time NASCAR fan and hates it when people violate NASCAR's substance abuse policy.
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