It’s time to meet Dr. David Black, suddenly one of the most powerful men in the world of NASCAR. Black is the toxicologist whose firm, Nashville-based Aegis Sciences Corporation, is in charge of drug testing for NASCAR. Black became a public figure in the world of auto racing after NASCAR suspended
Jeremy Mayfield for failing a drug test administered by Aegis in May.
The Tennessean ran a feature
on Black in its Sunday paper. But rather than look into questions of impropriety such as those raised by a writer on the Web site 4wide.com
, the paper gave the local guy a free pass. Ironically, The Tennessean failed to subject Dr. Black to the rigorous testing for which his firm is known.
You can read Robyn Snall’s 4wide.com report here. It contains information about Black, his state senator wife and contracts that Aegis has received from the state. The report also has a link to an opinion piece written by a local politician who pointed out that Aegis had a drug-testing contract with WWE in 2007 when wrestler Chris Benoit was found dead after a murder-suicide. Toxicology reports indicate Benoit had steroids and other drugs in his body at the time of the incident, according to the chief medical investigator at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
This is not to suggest that the Blacks or Aegis did anything wrong. I have no reason to believe anything untoward ever happened. The problem is that The Tennessean quoted one source – an out-of-state professor – to speak to Black’s reputation. The newspaper would have done itsself, and possibly Black, Black’s wife and Aegis, assuming they have nothing to hide, a greater service by digging deeper and bringing all of the aforementioned subjects to light.
Nashville doctor calls all shots in NASCAR drug testing (The Tennessean)
Too many questions still surround NASCAR’s Dr. Black and Jeremy Mayfield (4wide.com)