Running Down the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2009

Ben SwareyContributor IJuly 6, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 04: A general view of the American Flag stretched across the tri-oval prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 51st Annual Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

I have been a fan of NASCAR for the past eight years or so. Through the years, better technology has enabled NASCAR to be a safer sport. However, just because NASCAR has been safer throughout the years, that does not mean that it is as safe as it can be.

Take the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona for example. On the final lap, coming to the line, Tony Stewart turned Kyle Busch into the wall. If there were no SAFER barriers, Kyle Busch could have died! Dale Earnhardt crashed the same way and died!

Yes, he died because there were no safer barriers! Kyle Busch complained of a headache after he wrecked and was hospitalized overnight for evaluation. If there were safer barriers back when Dale Earnhardt wrecked, he would still be here today!

Earlier in the season, Carl Edwards wrecked at Talladega. If it were not for soft walls, he could have had serious injuries, or died as did Earnhardt. It is obvious that the SAFER barriers have saved lives of big NASCAR stars.

The Car of Tomorrow has also had a great impact on the safety of the sport. The new car is stronger and can handle more impact than the old car. The Car of Tomorrow was debuted at some races in 2007, and then was run in the entire season, starting in 2008.

Lately, Jeremy Mayfield has been in the news because of drug-related issues. He was accused of taking methamphetamines. Mayfield claims that he took no such drugs. NASCAR says he  tested positive for methamphetamines about a month ago.

However, just recently, he tested negative in a second drug test. As a result, Mayfield won an injunction in court that allowed him to continue racing in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. However, he does not have a ride yet. This is because four teams refused to sign with him.

NASCAR refused to challenge the decision made in court to give Jeremy Mayfield an injunction. However, they are still going to test him for drugs on a weekly basis. In other words, NASCAR believes that Mayfield was taking methamphetamine drugs, and are against the court's decision to give Mayfield an injunction. How much sense does that make?

Jeremy Mayfield has been racing in NASCAR's top series for quite some time now. He got in trouble for taking performance-enhancing drugs a few years ago. So should he be allowed to race in NASCAR at all anymore? In my opinion, he should not be racing anymore. 

In the MLB's substance abuse policy, the first and second offenses result in suspension of the player guilty of violating the policy. The third offense results in a ban from playing the sport for the rest of the player's career. If NASCAR would have this policy, Jeremy Mayfield would be in danger of not being able to race again.