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PostSubject: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:39 am

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AJ Allmendinger was withheld from Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 and has been "temporarily suspended" for failing a drug test, NASCAR announced just 90 minutes before the start of the Sprint Cup race.

Allmendinger was replaced by Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge.

Team owner Roger Penske said Sunday it's too early to reach any conclusions until getting the results of Allmendinger's second test in the next few days.

http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/cup/story/_/id/8139102/aj-allmendinger-suspended-failing-drug-test

This is a great shame for Allmendinger, but equally, trying to use illegal substances would also be equally shameful – if that was the conclusion.

I kind of fear that being caught taking drugs is a bit like when stewards “investigate” pitlane speeding – there’s only one invertible ending.

Penske is being very fair to AJ, where other teams might have dumped him by now. Roger is very supportive of his drivers, despite alleged wrong doing. He fully supported Helio at the height of his tax evasion affair, and that judgment proved to be correct in the end.

According to some reports, Allmendinger was on course to extend his contract to drive the 22 Ford. This couldn’t have come at a worse time. A drugs dispute ruined Jeremy Mayfield’s career – AJ is too good for his career to end. He’s struggled on most ovals, but has produced some excellent drives on road courses in his career.

Sam Hornish Jr has quite a job this weekend. This weekend he’s driving the Cup car at New Hampshire, and that’s harder to suddenly adapt to than running at Daytona.


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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:40 am

Banned drugs...

Include things like caffeine and the stuffing night nurse and over the counter stuff.


This looks and sounds like it was on of those and a mistake and not an atempt at cheating. But theres no enough information to confirm that yet.
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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:28 am

AJ’s career all hangs on the grade b drug reading, which if negative, would save his racing career. Roger is very loyal to his drivers, and won’t make rash decisions until he knows the full story.

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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:15 pm

if it was serious Roger would have given him the flick already. Very rarely is the B sample different to the A sample.

If it's an honest mistake and is something over the counter, he might survive it. It should be said just about all of the proformacning enhancing drgrand asugs in Cycling, Athletics, Football and other sports woundn't give you any real advantage.

It should be noted that there was a member of the France family (would does/did) do Grand am who got arrested for drug use and yet go no ban from nascar.
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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:01 am

Hmm, that does sound dodgy. Also, it isn’t any coincidence that almost every NASCAR track is owned by Speedway Corp…

Roger Penske said he will put Sam Hornish in the 22 at Indianapolis, if AJ’s B sample is negative. This must be the highest profile drug-related case, as Mayfield and Himel were not exactly at the sharp end of the field.


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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:13 am

I don't really know where to put this, might need it's own thread (or not)

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/282368/enge-given-18-month-ban-for-failing-drugs-test/

Tomas Enge gets 18 month ban for failing a drugs test...

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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:20 pm

I read that AJ Foyt is interested in hiring Allmendinger for his IndyCar team. I don’t think AJ will ever get a shot at a quality drive in Cup again, so IndyCar could be his life line in racing.

I do feel sorry for AJ, irrespective of what he might or didn't do. He drove a simply amazing Daytona 24 Hours, when you out-race Allan McNish – you’ve done something.

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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:08 am

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/aj-allmendinger-discusses-suspension-aftermath-080712
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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:45 am

AJ Allmendinger is back this week at Charlotte, driving the 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet Impala for James Finch. I'm glad to see AJ returning, a great driver in my opinion. But heck, its going to be a loooong race in that underfunded team. If he finishes 30th, that will be an achievement.

How this is happening? Dale Jr has concussion, triggered by that huge Talladega crash last week. He's out for two races. Regan Smith was due to drive the 51, but now is driving Dale Jr's 88 Chevy for Charlotte and Kansas,. leaving the 51 seat vacant for two races.

Go AJ (but return to IndyCar for a real career).

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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:07 am

Dale juniors concussion was caused by spending too much time behind a safety car.
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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:07 am

Nooo they really are for safety, even though I prefer to use them for a different reason. Razz

Basically, Dale Jr blew a tyre during Kansas repaving testing, which was when the concussion started. Last weeks accident triggered it off.

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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:41 pm

I had to get it in there Wink
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PostSubject: Re: AJ Allmendinger fails drugs test   Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:10 am

Jeremy Aardvark wrote:
I had to get it in there Wink

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