NASCAR to keep status quo on testing

Associated Press
Kyle Busch celebrates after winning the Nationwide Bashas' Supermarket 200 on Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- The call earlier this week for regular random drug testing by some of NASCAR's biggest stars apparently will not change the sanctioning organization's current policy of testing only for "reasonable suspicion."

 

But NASCAR president Mike Helton said the reaction by the drivers to the published report that former truck and Nationwide driver Aaron Fike used heroin the same day he drove in some races is a positive sign for the stock car sport.

Referring to the story in the April 21 edition of ESPN The Magazine , Helton said, "When you have a headline like that and the other athletes rare up on it and react like they did, that's a positive thing."

REMEMBERING DAVIS: NASCAR officials wore black arm bands and there was a moment of silence during prerace ceremonies Saturday to honor the memory of series inspector Brienne Davis, killed Thursday in a car accident in North Carolina.

SAFETY FIRST: There has been a debate for years over whether NASCAR should follow the example of the open-wheel series and the NHRA and have a full-time safety team instead of relying on local medical personnel at each of its racetracks.

Asked about it this week, Jeff Burton said he thinks NASCAR's system is working just fine.

NATIONWIDE SERIES: In Avondale, Ariz., Kyle Busch beat Carl Edwards out of the pits on their final stop, then held off the defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion in overtime for his second consecutive victory Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway.

A series of late-race caution flags on the mile oval hampered Edwards, who remained winless in 2008.

Busch, who got his first Nationwide victory of the season last week in Texas, dominated, leading 133 of the 202 laps. Busch held off Edwards by about two car-lengths for his 13th Nationwide win and second in a row at Phoenix.

 

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