NASCAR's Turn5:BREAKING NEWS: Allmendinger Fails "B" Sample Drug Test

BREAKING NEWS: Allmendinger Fails “B” Sample Drug Test
by Beth Lunkenheimer

NASCAR has announced that AJ Allmendinger’s “B” sample that was tested earlier today has come back as positive. As a result, his temporary suspension has been upgraded to indefinite. NASCAR explained Allmendinger’s next step in a statement released late Tuesday evening.

"On July 24, Allmendinger was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (NASCAR?s substance abuse policy) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.

“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.”

Not long after NASCAR’s announcement, Waldinger Racing representative Tara Ragan released a statement on Allmendinger’s behalf.

"This was not the news we wanted to hear and we will work to get to the source of what may have caused this. To that end, we have secured the services of an independent lab to conduct thorough testing on every product within AJ’s home and motor coach to find what might collaborate with his test, which created results that were within nanograms of accepted standards.

“We are working closely with NASCAR and Penske Racing to identify the next action steps in this process. We continue to be extremely grateful by the breadth and scope of support for AJ from his fans and partners. We would like to again thank NASCAR, Penske Racing and all our sponsor partners for the open communication, and for helping us at every step in this process. We expect to have further updates in the upcoming days.”

Allmendinger was placed on a temporary suspension just hours before the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway when the results from a random test taken at Kentucky Speedway came back with a positive result. Penske Racing flew Sam Hornish, Jr. in to fill the open No. 22 Dodge seat, spot he maintained at New Hampshire Motor Speedway the following weekend.

Penske Racing also released a statement on their “website”:http://www.penskeracing.com regarding the result.

“In accordance with NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy, Penske Racing was notified today of AJ Allmendinger’s positive B sample test. We respect NASCAR’s policy and the process they have taken with this matter. Penske Racing is very disappointed with the result of the B sample test and will evaluate its course of action as it pertains to AJ over the coming week.”

Sam Hornish, Jr. is set to pilot the No. 22 Dodge at Indianapolis this weekend and Pocono next weekend.

What’s your 2 cents???

Shoulda picked Reutimann

Looks like he’s about a NANOGRAM from getting fired . :aetsch013:

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Allmendinger’s Samples Positive for Amphetamines; Officially Enters NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program

On Wednesday, A.J. Allmendinger’s Business Manager, Tara Ragan, finally gave out information that narrows down just what actually triggered Allmendinger’s positive drug test results.

Around 5:30pm, Ragan indicated that Allmendinger tested positive for amphetamines. This was revealed to Allmendinger and Ragan in Daytona back on July 7. However, the way in which this was described to the pair led Ragan to not come out and state that it was amphetamines up front. However, neither Allmendinger or Ragan know what could have created this failure.

“With amphetamines, there are a whole slew of things it can be,” Ragan said to ESPN.com’s David Newton. “When we say we don’t know what it is, what we are trying to ascertain is what is it in that grouping?”

There are a number of prescription drugs that contain certain levels of amphetamines that are available. Most of these drugs are used to control Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but other medications, such as Didrex, are used for weight loss. Of course, there are also pure amphetamines, known on the street as “Speed,” for recreational usage. This is blatantly illegal.

After the ?B? sample came back positive, Allmendinger quickly made the decision to enter NASCAR?s Road to Recovery Program so that he can get back in the driver?s seat as soon as possible.

From here, Allmendinger will talk with Dr. David Black, the head of Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville (and who is also in charge of drug testing for NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Program) later today. Black will assign Allmendinger to a specific health care facility, likely in the Charlotte area, for his initial assessment. After that assessment is made, a determination will be made as to what type of treatment Allmendinger will require. This could be anything from one-on-one counseling to checking into a rehabilitation center.

The process takes an indefinite amount of time based on the specific substance found in Allmendinger?s test, what was discovered in the assessment and the recommended course of action. According to Dr. Black, this often takes several months to complete.

?[Five months] is a reasonable amount of time,? Dr. Black told ESPN.com?s David Newton. ?Certainly, there is a substantial amount of follow-up testing to ensure the individual did not engage in any drug usage that was in violation of the program. There also has to be some elapsed time to ensure the driver is in compliance.?

Five months is more than enough time to put Allmendinger out of the seat for the rest of the season. Penske Racing has stated that Sam Hornish, Jr. will be in the car both this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend in Pocono. Beyond that, the team still wants to evaluate the situation every couple of weeks.

When Allmendinger completes the Road to Recovery Program, there is a very real possibility that there won?t be a ride waiting for him in Sprint Cup. Penske is reportedly already interested in certain drivers for the 2013 season. The only team that has publicly stated a desire for Allmendinger to drive for them is Michael Shank Racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series. As you may remember, Allmendinger co-drove the team?s winning car in the Rolex 24 back in January.

?I still fully support [Allmendinger] now and in the future,? Shank tweeted on Wednesday. ?Tough times for him and his Walldinger group. They [are] tough, but will come back strong. My plan is to have [Allmendinger] in my car for the 51st [Rolex 24] to defend our win. Could not do it without him.?

It should be noted that the Rolex Sports Car Series is under NASCAR?s umbrella and is covered by the same drug test policy. Allmendinger would have to be reinstated prior to the race weekend in order to be eligible to drive.