300px 88 brad keselowski Should NASCAR drivers have independent testers?

As NASCAR Nation wants to know the results of AJ Allmendinger’s  B sample, Penske Racing wants to know if they will get Allmendinger back this season or will he be suspended indefinitely.As NASCAR Nation waits for some kind of result, drivers have started stepping up and speaking out about NASCAR’s current drug testing policy.  Does NASCAR really need to fix one of the toughest drug policies in the United States or is there room for improvement?  Could independent testers really help NASCAR or cause more issues?

Carl Edwards seems to be heading the cause for independent testing.  Edwards decided to express his thoughts this past weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  He thinks that drivers should be able to hire their own independent company to perform drug test on the driver that is called in for a random drug test by Aegis Sciences Corporation, the company that runs the NASCAR tests.

“I think the drivers need to get together and we need to have our own group that is paid by us, that work for us, to be here in tandem with the NASCAR drug testers and have them test us at the same time so that we have not just an ‘A’ and ‘B’ sample,” Edwards said.  “I don’t think it would be a contentious thing. That would remove almost all doubt it any situation of a positive test.  Until we do that, no matter what is found to be positive, no matter what the test results are, there is always going to be that little question of maybe there was a mistake.”

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