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Danica's win, 'Dega and drugs
'Dega timeSpeaking of exciting, naturally we are in Talladega this weekend, and you know what that means. For the last few years it's been the sea of red for Dale Jr., and now it's the ocean of green supporting him. I believe Jr. is the odds on favorite for Talladega. The Hendrick equipment has always been good there and normally better than most. I really see it this weekend shaking out to be the Hendrick cars vs. the Gibbs cars. Now, that's not taking anything away from the Roush Fenway teams or the Penske bunch, but when it comes to Talladega, it's sheer speed and horsepower. I think the Hendrick cars and the Toyota teams will have a slight advantage.
Let's get seriousI have been in this sport my whole life and I have seen things come and go. I have seen issues with safety, drivers and NASCAR. I have seen about every issue that can be thrown at this sport through the years, and the sport has always risen above it. This drug testing controversy is something I am really concerned about. I guess I am old school because back in my day, the biggest concern was alcohol. You were concerned about someone who maybe stayed out too late, partied too hard and came to race with a hangover. That was my era. Drugs never entered into the picture. When I hear people that are concerned about the kind of narcotics they are talking about now, I just don't know where to go with it. I get angry, upset and mad. They are taking the word of one guy, whose credibility I am not sure how high it is, and he's indicting everybody. I feel bad for our guys and gals and I feel bad for our sport. We always prided ourselves about always being above all the fray. I never thought we would see the day when we are faced with this situation. People are asking, "What should we do?" I know other sports test for everything, but let's face it: They are mainly testing for performance enhancing drugs you know, steroids. But we aren't talking about steroids here. We are talking about something much more serious. And the reason why people like Kevin Harvick are so upset and vocal about needing more testing is that if we don't test, then there is always that "shadow of a doubt." Personally, this is ol' DW talking. I can't imagine that we can race at the level with race at, with the speeds we race at, with the level of competition we have while using drugs. I just can't imagine that. But I don't want to be naive about it either, so I want you to know that I am concerned. I want to nip this in the bud. We need to get this put behind us, no matter what it takes to make it happen. I don't want this to be something that lingers and hangs over our head.
It's not fair for people who are not guilty of anything to have suspicion around them all the time. The only way to know for sure is to test. I guess it's like anything else you are guilty until proven innocent. I just truly hate that we have gotten ourselves into that situation.