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And Another Thing


A bit too much throttle


Look, I get what NASCAR's doing here. It's a sport obsessed with image above all else, and so its drug policy is all about projecting an image that it's Serious About Drug Use.

Which is all well and good. But I'm trying to wrap my head around how any of that pertains to the case of A.J. Allmendinger.

In case you missed it, he's the former Penske who lost his ride when he showed red in a random drug test earlier this summer. Now he's going through NASCAR's drug rehab program, and when he comes out on the other side, he's hoping to get back into the sport.

Here's the deal, though: It turns out Allmendinger wasn't exactly smoking crack out behind the Penske garages or anything.

No, what he tested positive for was not crack or heroin or meth or even marijuana. It was a prescription ADHD med called Adderall.

The sticking point was, Allmendinger didn't have a prescription. It showed up in his system, he says, because he was feeling a little tired one weekend and someone said "Here, take this," telling him it was some sort of workout supplement that would give him a Red Bull-like energy boost.

Now, you can fault Allmendinger for being dumb enough to take something with which he was unfamiliar. And you can believe him, or not, when he says he's not an Adderall abuser.

So the question is this: Should taking one Adderall have cost him his Sprint Cup ride and sent him off to drug rehab?

Seems like overkill to me. Just does.

Ben Smith's blog.