NASCAR testing drivers for doping next month
By JENNA FRYER
AP Auto Racing Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR will test drivers for
performance-enhancing drugs next month under a strengthened policy
that also bans using illegal drugs and abusing prescription
NASCAR likely will test drivers the third week of January and
crew members must submit results from an approved lab by Jan. 16,
according to documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.
A NASCAR memo sent to teams lists specific banned substances for
which crew members must be screened. No similar guidelines were
issued for drivers, as NASCAR reserves the right to test
competitors for anything.
The guidelines were toughened in part because of former Truck
Series driver Aaron Fike's admission that he had used heroin -- even
on days he raced.
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