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AJ Allmendinger Suspended for Failed Drug Test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Just after 6 p.m. on Saturday afternoon (July 7), NASCAR Senior Vice President Steve O’Donnell announced that AJ Allmendinger has been temporarily suspended by NASCAR. This decision came after Allmendinger was notified of a positive “A” sample from a random drug test conducted last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

For tonight’s race, Sam Hornish Jr. will take Allmendinger’s place in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. However, the No. 22, which Allmendinger qualified eighth, will have to start in the rear of the field.

Allmendinger has 72 hours to request testing of his “B” sample, as written in NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy. If that test comes up positive as well, then Allmendinger would be suspended indefinitely per the Substance Abuse Policy.

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