NASCAR driver suspended after positive drug test

AJ Allmendinger was in his first year with Penske Racing when he was suspended. (Getty Images)
AJ Allmendinger is in his first year with Penske Racing. (Getty Images)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR Saturday less than 90 minutes before the start of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR vice president for racing operations Steve O’Donnell made the announcement in the Daytona media center just after 6:00 p.m.

Allmendinger, who races the No. 22 Dodge for Penske Racing failed the random test that was given during the race weekend at Kentucky Speedway.

Allmendinger has 72 hours to ask for his ‘B’ sample to be tested. MORE>>>