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Allmendinger suspended indefinitely

LONDON – NASCAR suspended Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger indefinitely Tuesday after a test of his backup urine sample confirmed the original positive result. The violation of NASCAR’s substance abuse policy puts Allmendinger’s future in NASCAR and at Penske Racing in doubt.

Allmendinger originally was suspended July 7 after failing a random drug test taken in late June. His backup “B’’ urine sample was tested Tuesday by Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville, Tenn.

NASCAR officials announced the result and subsequent suspension Tuesday night.

Officials did not announce what substance Allmendinger tested positive for. Allmendinger previously said he tested positive for a stimulant, but did not give specifics. He has denied knowingly taking a banned substance.

“This was not the news we wanted to hear, and we will work to get to the source of what may have caused this,” said Tara Ragan, Allmendinger’s business manager, in a statement. “To that end, we have secured the services of an independent lab to conduct thorough testing on every product within A.J.’s home and motor coach to find what might collaborate with his test, which created results that were within nanograms of accepted standards. We are working closely with
NASCAR and Penske Racing to identify the next action steps in this process.”

Given the indefinite nature of his suspension, Allmendinger’s only avenue to return to NASCAR is to complete a “road to recovery” program. He will be issued a letter outlining a process for reinstatement, and must agree to the letter to participate in the program.

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