NASCAR: Harvick Inc. to drug test employees
Associated PressTALLADEGA, Ala. ó Kevin Harvick Inc. has implemented a different type of testing the past couple of weeks.
The racing team has started a random drug testing program since recent revelations that former Nationwide and Craftsman Trucks driver Aaron Fike had used heroin on some race days.
“The whole company will be tested within the next week,” Harvick said. “We’ve got most of them done. We haven’t had any failures yet, so that’s a good thing.”
An outside company was hired to administer the tests, and he said all the drivers and crew chiefs volunteered to go to the drug-testing facility. Harvick is hoping NASCAR will adopt a similar policy to help keep the sport clean. He initially approached officials pushing that idea last season.
“If you wreck or something and you have to go through the infield care center, it should be just standard procedure to take a drug test even if you’ve been through there 10 times in 10 weeks,” Harvick said. “I think that would fix a lot of the questions that we have and be a pretty simple solution.”
NASCAR’s substance abuse policy is based on “reasonable suspicion” and allows drug tests anytime. Fike and his fiancee were arrested in the Kings Island parking lot outside Cincinnati in July.