AJ Allmendinger Suspension: Bay Area NASCAR Driver Tested Positive For Stimulant, Is Appealing

Bay Area NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger has requested that his "B" sample be tested after failing a substance abuse test last Saturday prior to the Coke Zero 400.

On Tuesday, Allmendinger released the following statement:

"I have informed NASCAR that I have requested that the 'B' sample be tested, following the steps according to NASCAR's 2012 rule book regarding this situation. I fully respect NASCAR's drug usage policy and the reasons they have it.

I am hoping this can get resolved as quickly as possible so that I can get back to driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge. I am sorry that this has caused such a distraction for my Penske Racing team, our sponsors and fans.

Obviously I would never do anything to jeopardize my opportunity here at Penske Racing or to my fellow drivers. I am very conscious about my training and health and would never knowingly take a prohibited drug."

Allmendinger's business manager, Tara Ragan, commented on the failed test on Wednesday, saying that the failure showed the presence of an unspecified "stimulant," according to Jeff Gluck of SB Nation.

Tara Ragan said Allmendinger has "no idea why the first test was positive and he has never knowingly taken any prohibited substance."

"AJ is collecting his medicines and supplements for testing to determine whether an over the counter product caused his positive test," Ragan said. "AJ and all of us at Walldinger Racing respect NASCAR's testing program, and he has requested that his 'B' sample be tested as part of the process of getting to the bottom of this."

Allmendinger's 'A' sample was tested and it was determined the stimulant was "slightly above the threshold" allowed by NASCAR, Ragan said.

Sam Hornish Jr., who replaced Allmendinger in the Coke Zero 400, will be driving in place of Allmendinger once again during Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

For more on the Bay Area drivers and their chase for the Cup, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For all news and information regarding the 2012 Sprint Cup Series, please visit NASCAR Ranting & Raving or check out SB Nation's dedicated NASCAR hub.

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