Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Suspended driver A.J. Allmendinger will
have his "B" sample tested next week, NASCAR said in a release on Tuesday.
Allmendinger was temporarily suspended by NASCAR on July 7 for violating its
substance abuse policy. The 30-year-old driver from Penske Racing failed his
initial drug test that he took the last weekend in June when the Sprint Cup
Series competed at Kentucky Speedway.
NASCAR said it has been informed by the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy Program
Administrator, Dr. David Black of Aegis Sciences Corp., that Allmendinger's
second sample will be tested on July 24 at Aegis' headquarters in Nashville,
Allmendinger has elected to have a designated independent toxicologist present
during the test.
"Along with everyone else, we are looking forward to hearing the results as
quickly as possible," Allmendinger's business manager, Tara Ragan, said in a
statement. "A.J. and all of us at Walldinger Racing have truly appreciated the
outpouring of support from our fans, partners and colleagues. It has meant a
lot to us during this difficult time. We are also grateful to Mr. (Roger)
Penske and his management team for their patience and respect of the process
we are going through."
Allmendinger has missed two Sprint Cup races so far -- Daytona and New
Hampshire. Sam Hornish Jr. has driven Penske's No. 22 Dodge in place of
Allmendinger. Hornish is a full-time competitor in the Nationwide Series.
NASCAR has yet to reveal the substance, but Ragan said in a recent release
that Allmendinger "tested positive for a stimulant" and "has no idea why the
first test was positive, and he has never knowingly taken any prohibited
If Allmendinger's "B" sample comes back positive, NASCAR will then place him
on indefinite suspension, meaning he will have to successfully complete a drug
treatment program before he can be reinstated.
NASCAR's premier series is off this coming weekend before it returns to racing
on July 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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