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Give NASCAR some credit

Notoriously reactive NASCAR got proactive with its drug-testing policy. And that's a very good thing, writes Marty Smith.

Updated: January 12, 2009, 10:15 AM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

When Aaron Fike tepidly walked into a Nowhere, Ill., breakfast joint and spilled his soul to ESPN The Magazine writer Ryan McGee, whispering a barely audible admission to racing at more than 100 mph as black tar heroin coursed through his veins, the NASCAR world dramatically changed.

For the first time, NASCAR was pressed for answers regarding its reactive drug policy. Prominent drivers called for change, including Kevin Harvick. To prove his mettle, Harvick instituted random ...

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