25 July 2012
Allmendinger suspended indefinitely after positive drugs 'B' test
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger is now on indefinite suspension, following confirmation that his 'B' test drug sample has also tested positive for stimulants.
AJ Allmendinger has been placed on indefinite suspension from all NASCAR competition, after the 'B' drugs test sample that he gave NASCAR Sprint Cup officials at Kentucky in June has also tested positive for an illegal substance under NASCAR's substance abuse policy.
That means that Allmendinger's suspension will now last until such time that he completes a mandatory 'road to recovery' program and can convince the sport's medical officers that he is fit to return to driving.
Allmendinger was placed on temporary suspension on July 8 after the initial 'A' sample tested positive for what Allmendinger's management team later revealed was a 'stimulant', defined in NASCAR's drug policy as "amphetamine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy (MDMA), Eve (MDEA), MDA, PMA, Phentermine, and other amphetamine derivatives and related compounds."
NASCAR's rules allowed Allmendinger to ask for the second urine sample given at the same time as the first to be tested, with a toxicologist of Allmendinger's choosing allowed to be present. That was scheduled to start at 8.30am on July 24.
Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville subsequently delivered the results of the 'B' sample test on Tuesday evening, which confirmed the positive findings of the first. Allmendinger's suspension was then duly made official and indefinite.
"AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #22 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy," read the brief official announcement from the sanctioning body. "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."
The statement added: "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."
Allmendinger's representatives said that they were disappointed with the latest positive result, and strongly denied that the driver had intentionally or knowingly violated the substance abuse policy.
"This was not the news we wanted to hear and we will work to get to the source of what may have caused this," said Tara Ragan, the vice president of Walldinger Racing Inc. "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.
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