A.J. Allmendinger Suspended From NASCAR For Failed Drug Test

Just hours before the start of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced Saturday Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger has been temporarily suspended from NASCAR.

AJ Allemdinger (Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)

According to a release from NASCAR, Allmendinger was suspended: “based upon notification of a positive “A” test NASCAR received from the Medical Review Officer as stated in Section 19-11B (6,7) of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy.”

The release from NASCAR stated that Allmendinger has the opportunity to request within the next 72 hours that his “B” sample be tested.

NASCAR did not announce what substance Allmendinger tested positive for.

Allmendinger is in his first season competing in the Sprint Cup Series for Penske Racing.

The Charlotte Observer ran a statement from Penske Racing saying: “NASCAR notified Penske Racing this afternoon that AJ Allmendinger was administered a drug test earlier this week, and those results tested positive. NASCAR has a strict drug testing program that Penske Racing fully supports. Penske Racing will work with NASCAR through this process and its next steps. Sam Hornish Jr., will drive the No. 22 car in tonight’s Coke Zero 400.”

(Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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