Allmendinger Requests Test Of ‘B’ Sample
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A.J. Allmendinger has requested that NASCAR test his “B” sample in hopes of being cleared.
Allmendinger took a random drug test at Kentucky Speedway and was informed prior to the July 7 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Int’l Speedway that his “A” sample had tested positive for a banned substance and was immediately suspended from NASCAR.
The driver of the Penske Racing No. 22 had 72 hours per the NASCAR rulebook to ask to have the “B” sample that he submitted at the same time tested.
“I have informed NASCAR that I have requested that the “B” sample be tested, following the steps according to NASCAR’s 2012 rule book regarding this situation,” said Allmendinger in a statement. “I fully respect NASCAR’s drug usage policy and the reasons they have it. I am hoping this can get resolved as quickly as possible so that I can get back to driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge. I am sorry that this has caused such a distraction for my Penske Racing team, our sponsors and fans. Obviously I would never do anything to jeopardize my opportunity here at Penske Racing or to my fellow drivers. I am very conscious about my training and health and would never knowingly take a prohibited drug.”
Allmendinger was replaced by Sam Hornish Jr. and Daytona and Hornish is scheduled to fill in again this weekend.
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