NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Penske Racing driver AJ Allmendinger after a second drug test confirmed the presence of "a banned substance" in his system. Race officials have not clarified exactly which substance was found in Allmendinger's urine samples, but a spokesperson for the driver said he has contracted an independent lab to test the products he uses on a regular basis to see if there's a reason behind the positive result. The Allmendinger camp says the results were within nanograms of accepted parameters, though NASCAR has declined to comment on the levels themselves.

Meanwhile, the driver took to Twitter to assure fans that he "will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of this and get back out there no matter what." Previously, Allmendinger had tested positive for a stimulant back in June and was temporarily suspended on July 7, but denies knowingly taking any banned substances.

At this juncture, Allmendinger will only be reinstated as a driver once he completes a "Road to Recovery" program. NASCAR will issue a letter on that program, and the driver will have to agree to those terms in order to take part.

In the interim, Sam Hornish, Jr. will take Allmendinger's seat at Indianapolis for the next race.


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      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      The land of drug testing is LITTERED with false positives.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Congress, Please review this act and by all means dig deep as well as waste as much time to this because there is nothing else going on that matters. Sincerely, Tax Payer
        mawhalen53
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        Still can't believe the energy wasted on the Clemens trial. Ridiculous. I'm sort of mad at you for even reminding me of it
      DrifterZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      So many things can trigger a + for meth. Even over the counter allergy pills. This seems more a publicity stunt at the cost of a drivers career and reputation.
        carnut0913
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DrifterZ
        Mayfield was totally different. yep, different things can cause a + for meth on a drug screen, but when the cops find meth in your home, I'm going to guess the cause the + on the screen was actually meth. NASCAR hasnt released anything on AJ and nothing released through court docs yet. Could just be steroids or somethign from energy supplements or the coca-ene bean but AJ has a rep for being health conscious. probably somethign he was looking for an edge from.
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DrifterZ
        So why aren't all the other driver's testing poz? Oh wait, that's an aids expression. I mean positive.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      That sucks! I remember watching him in Barber Pro and Formula Atlantic about 10 years ago. For those who dont know, he isnt a typical NASCAR circle track redneck. He came up roadracing karts and formula ford before kicking the snot out of everyone in Barber Pro and Formula Atlantic. He won a bunch of races in 2 seasons in Champ car before getting lured by a paycheck into Nascar.
      Doug Rieck
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nascar drivers are ALL Drug Addicts and theyre fans are a bunch of DRUNKS!!!!
      Ricky
      • 2 Years Ago
      METH
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ricky
        Give all the drivers meth, than we'll finally get some real excitement in Nascar!
          Mr E
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          That's.... actually a great idea. Rehab Racing! We should hurry up and trademark this
      Christina
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay!!! I cant stand AJ Allmendumber. At least here he only took himself out, on the track he was always taking someone else out with him.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christina
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      D Clark Gulledge
      • 2 Years Ago
      As a RN I have worked on drug unit we tested everything. And now there is a newer method that is very unique in technology and if it says it's positive then it IS positive and if it's negative it IS negative. I'm not a hater so NASCAR I love it but people make mistakes only when they are trying to hide something and I also like AJ but I also agree with Nascar's rules...just saying
        DrifterZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @D Clark Gulledge
        There is no test that is a 100% correct 100% of the time and most things that people get tested for will clear the system within a 24 hour period. Seeing as its amphetamine and most over the counter allergy meds can show up as that. How do I know this?? Well it happened to me twice is how I know. I have never done any type of methamphetamine or amphetamine in my life except for allergy meds. Also had a friend who about six months ago tested positive for it as well and turned out it was her Albuterol that triggered it.
      Rysdyk88
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to some reports on twitter AJ tested positive for some variety of Amphetamine (not Meth or E). Amphetamine generally enhances focus and attention. So its plausible he may have received some bad advice regarding some performance enhancing "supplements" or just pushed the limit too far. I don't think he has a drug problem like that loser Jeremy Mayfield.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suck for Allmendinger. He seems like an okay guy. Scuttlebutt on the internet is that this because of some kind of energy drink. At least he isn't pulling a Mayfield.
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