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NASCAR’s Drug Policy: Is It Too Strict?

The recent suspension of A.J. Allmendinger for positive results on a test conducted as part of NASCAR's substance abuse program has triggered a plethora of emotions, leaving some to wonder if the testing may have room for improvement. Testing is done randomly on drivers and others with hard cards at every race by obtaining urine samples and dividing it into two specimens to be sent to Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville, TN for testing. Should the "A" sample prove to be positive, the person from whom the sample was taken has 72 hours to request the "B" sample to be tested. A temporary suspension is in effect until that takes place. If the second test is negative then it voids the results of the first test. If the second t...

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