The Bell Has Tolled For “The Dinger”!

A.J. Allmendinger

(WOMR file photo)

The news out of NASCAR is not good for A.J. Allmendnger.  Unfortunately, the “B” sample of  his drug test also failed the evaluation yesterday.  Therefore, because of his failed “A” and “B” sample on Tuesday, “The Dinger” is suspended indefinitely!

On Tuesday evening, NASCAR announced that, “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.

Word of the suspension comes after the Penske Racing driver’s “B sample” was confirmed as positive Tuesday.

Allmendinger posted the following on Twitter:

“I’m sorry we even have to have this going on. But I promise … I will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of this and get back out there no matter what.”

The following statement was issued by Penske Racing:

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., will drive the Shell/Pennzoil #22 Dodge Charger this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono.”

Allmendinger was originally suspended prior to the Sprint Cup race at Daytona on the July Fourth weekend because his “A sample” tested positive for a stimulant after the Kentucky race on June 30.

Statement from Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc., which is a firm owned by A.J. Allmendinger:

“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.”

Tell me it ain’t so A.J.?


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