What’s next for Allmendinger?

AJ Allmendinger was in his first year with Penske Racing. (Getty Images)


AJ Allmendinger is in his first year with Penske Racing. (Getty Images)

It was something no one expected. Saturday afternoon only hours before the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400, the rumors began to swirl; the Penske Racing No. 22 team was being allowed to make changes to the Dodge, namely seat adjustments as though they were preparing the car for someone other than normal driver AJ Allmendinger.

Was he sick? No one knew the answer and the team as being tight lipped. Then a few minutes before 6:00 p.m. NASCAR officials in the media center said they had an announcement to make.  That was soon followed by an appearance from Steve O’Donnell NASCAR’s Senior Vice President of Racing Operations who read a statement:

Driver AJ Allmendinger has been temporarily suspended from NASCAR competition 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. Pursuant to the rule book, Allmendinger has the opportunity to request within the next 72 hours that his “B” sample be tested. MORE>>>