Allmendinger Indefinitely Suspended after Failing Sample B Test

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Announced late tonight, driver A.J Allmendinger is indefinitely suspended due to failing sample ‘B’ drug test. This means Allmendinger will not be allowed to compete in NASCAR sanctioned events until he completes NASCAR’s drug recovery problem. The program could take up to years to complete. Below is the statement released by Penske Racing

“Penske racing is very disappointed with the results of the B sample test and will evaluate its course of action as it pertains to AJ over the coming week. Sam Hornish Jr will drive the No.22 Dodge Charger this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono.”

Notes on Allmendinger’s Failed Test

From @MartySmithESPN-

“Per NASCAR: As outlined in the rule book, NASCAR next will provide Allmendinger a letter outlining a process for reinstatement. By agreeing to the letter, he will be allowed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program.”

-NASCAR has not released the name of the drug found in Allmendinger’s system but they found nanograms of the substance over NASCAR’s legal limit.

-Allmendinger is the second driver suspended from failing a drug test, Jeremy Mayfield was the other guy back in 2009

-Per @MartySmithESPN, Allmendinger has hired an independent lab to test everything in his home and motor coach to determine the cause of the failed drug test

NASCAR official on why not tell substance “To respect competitor privacy. We choose this option. Rulebook allows us to reveal if desired.”

Statement from A.J Allmendinger over twitter

“I just want to say thank you first and foremost for all of you sticking by me. Please don’t think (of) me being mean, I haven’t been reading all (of) your support. And man, it means more than you will ever know. I’m sorry we even have to have this going on. But I promise.. I will do whatever it takes to get back to the bottom of this and get back out there no matter what. Thanks guys.”

Statement from Allmendinger’s sponsor, Shell-Pennzoil

“Shell and Pennzoil believe that the process and procedures that NASCAR has in place as part of their substance abuse policy are appropriate and serve to ensure that the sport and its participants are held to the highest standards. We share Penske Racing’s disappointment with the result of A.J (Allmendinger’s) B sample test and will work closely with them to determine plans moving forward. We hope for the best for A.J during this difficult time.”


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