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Just after 6pm on Saturday afternoon, NASCAR Senior Vice President Steve O’Donnell announced that A.J. Allmendinger has been temporarily suspended by NASCAR. This decision came after Allmendinger was notified of a positive “A” sample from a random drug test conducted last weekend at Kentucky Speedway.
For tonight’s race, Sam Hornish, Jr. will take Allmendinger’s place in the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. However, the No. 22, which Allmendinger qualified eighth, will have to start in the rear of the field.
Allmendinger has 72 hours to request testing of his “B” sample, as written in NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy. If that test comes up positive as well, then Allmendinger would be suspended indefinitely per the Substance Abuse Policy.
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