For once -- ahem, NASCAR -- a racing sanctioning body is setting parameters on a competition rule that leaves no room for guessing, wiggling or in-between-the-lin'ing.
Effective after the season's first race, the National Hot Rod Association (the premiere drag racing body in the United States) has banned all forms of testing -- with the exception of four, one day sessions -- in the 2009 season. And by all forms, the NHRA means that sanctioned and unsanctioned tracks, a local 2-lane highway and probably your grandmother's quarter-mile long driveway are all off-limits.
And the punishment for getting caught? Oh, just a forfeit of all points in the guilty party's next race via a decision that cannot be appealed.
In other words, the NHRA has set a precedent that NASCAR should have made back in November.