Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Buh Bye A.J. Allmendinger

From ESPN: Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger went from temporarily to indefinitely suspended on Tuesday when results of his "B" sample urine test supported the original that violated NASCAR's substance-abuse policy.
Sam Hornish Jr., who has driven the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge the past two Sprint Cup races, will again be in the car this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and for the next race at Pocono.
Allmendinger was frustrated with the test results and undecided on what his next step will be, his business manager Tara Ragan told SiriusXM NASCAR radio Tuesday night.
 "Everybody who knows AJ, (knows) this is his life. This is all that he's done is race cars and racing," Ragan said. "Everything he does just about every single day is geared toward that. The answer is not well. I think all of us have had these moments of anger, frustration, sad over and over the last couple of weeks trying to get to the bottom of this, trying to figure what we do, what we do next and that's kind of what we're working on tonight and tomorrow and working through that with our race team and with NASCAR to figure out the next steps.''
Allmendinger has two options: He can enter NASCAR's Road to Recovery program that must be completed to be eligible for re-instatement or seek legal action in hopes of discrediting the test to gain re-instatement.
Allmendinger, through Ragan, claimed he didn't knowingly take a banned substance that was described as a stimulant that could have come from a supplement or over-the-counter drug.
A stimulant is defined in NASCAR's drug policy as "amphetamine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy (MDMA), Eve (MDEA), MDA, PMA, Phentermine, and other amphetamine derivatives and related compounds."
Allmendiner seems like a good guy and I have a feeling he took something that he didn't know the ingredients or another possibility, someone sabotaged him.
This is almost a death sentence for him in NASCAR.  He may be able to find a ride in Indy car or ARCA and perhaps, work his way up back to NASCAR, but that will take a long time.

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