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Credibility of NASCAR and Aegis at stake in second Allmendinger test

By admin | July 23, 2012

By Richard Allen

On Tuesday in Nashville, A.J. Allmendinger will have his ‘B’ sample tested at the Aegis Analytical Laboratories. Soon afterwards, the credibility and/or reputation of the entities involved will be upheld or severely damaged.

Allmendinger’s ‘A’ sample tested positive for a substance banned by NASCAR prior to the running of the Sprint Cup race in Daytona just over two weeks ago. He has not competed in a race since but the driver maintains that he had unknowingly used a workout supplement which had some ingredients that triggered the positive result.

Since the sample to be tested is simply the other half of that already to have provided the positive result, it would seem hard to imagine that this test will produce a different result. And if that proves to be the case, the driver will have to go through a rehabilitation program as well as other steps to prove to NASCAR that he is indeed drug free.

If the ‘B’ sample does test positive, then the credibility of NASCAR and the Aegis Labs will be upheld. This would go a long way toward silencing critics who have questioned the sport’s drug testing process since the most famous case in which a driver tested positive.

In 2009, a sample provided by Jeremy Mayfield was flagged by Aegis and NASCAR. Court records from the ensuing legal jockeying between all the parties involved revealed that the highly potent street drug methamphetamines caused the positive result. The driver has not raced in NASCAR since and has encountered a number of other legal troubles although he continues to proclaim his innocence.

If in the rather unlikely event that Allmendinger’s second test provides a result in the driver’s favor, a firestorm of questions from those who doubted the Mayfield finding of three years ago will arise. The credibility of NASCAR and Aegis will be called into question, and perhaps, rightfully so.

Allmendinger is allowed to have his own people there to observe the second test on Tuesday. I suppose there is always a chance that there could have been a false positive or human error the first time around, although those chances are likely quite slim.

For Allmendinger, a number of races or even the rest of the 2012 season could very well be on the line when his sample is tested. For NASCAR and Aegis, much more than just one season are on the line. Their credibility is at stake.

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12 Responses to “Credibility of NASCAR and Aegis at stake in second Allmendinger test”

  1. Larry Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 5:36 am

    This is precisely the reason that the second test should be performed by an INDEPENDENT lab. Aegis has a vested interest in the test being positive.

  2. Sue Rarick Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Aegis has been in the sports drug testing business for over 20 years. They also do a lot of the CSI things seen on popular TV shows for police departments around the country. Not to mention drug testing for a lot of major universities and sports organizations, not just Nascar.

    A mistake is always possible but extreemly unlikely considering that standard action is to do a full test on the A sample if it gets a positive reading from the initial test.

    AJ’s only chance of getting a different result is if the A and B samples were not exactly alike (The offending chemical particles were not evenly seperated). And that would show up in the B test, including how it was different from the A test.

    I personally think the reason AJ asked for the B test was to 1) show that it was caused by something like the energy drink and 2) it’s his right and he’d be silly not to use that right.

    Without showing it was a specific item like a sports drink there would always be a cloud over his head as to what the drug actually was. If it is a ssports drug creation people will think he’s a little dumb for not checking closer, but he will be forgiven and in time it will just be a footnote in his career.

  3. Josie Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Wondering…when the B sample is tested..is it broken down any differently…compared to any substances he has been taking? If it shows one of the supplements he is taking caused the positive does he still have to go through the drug program or will the fact he stops (I’m assuming he has stopped taking everything since the A test) taking the worrisome supplement satisfy NASCAR? I totally understand the no drug policy..but IF the positive reading comes from an over the counter supplement I don’t see where it would benefit anyone making AJ sit out and ruin his career.

  4. Tony Geinzer Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I don’t even pretend to see anything good out of this. AJ always had something to hide in this fight and I am nervous about what he wasn’t telling folks,Rich.

  5. Russ Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Sue hit the nail on the head about this subject. This is the end of his career. No major corporation will want him as the face they present to the public.
    And even if it is asubstance included in some sports drink, how would you prove it. And, if its banned its his responsibility to know what hes ingested.

    Wonder how many “average” people lost jobs last week because of a failed drug test? They dont get talked about though.

  6. Tyler West Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    He sucks!! He,s just another guy who pissed his chance away. People can cry that the test is this or that but the fact of the matter is AJ did it to himself. There are better drivers out there anyway. Nascar and their testing have never been questionable. There have been plenty of drivers that have done this crap before, he’s just another one on the list. Get him out of there.

  7. Brian Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Bigger issue is that it is a sample from the same collection time. There should be two separate retests one for the “B” sample as to confirm or deny errors and then a second sample collected(tested by a different lab) at the time the person is notified of the initial result of the “A” sample testing. This would then be a better check and balance as the “B” sample is essentially the same as the “A” but then there is a follow up sample that can be the ultimate confirmation of a positive result as the person would likely be taking the same product(s) after the initial testing was completed or not. This would be more fair and comprehensive than just testing the same sample again.

  8. James Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    If I was being tested by Nascar I would take a 3rd portion of the test sample, signed and sealed by the Nascar tester to be tested by my lab if Nascar came back with a positive test. If I was AJ my big worry right now would be the sample seals and chain of custody.

    Tyler West: two words for you, Tim Richmond.

  9. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Credibility is in the toilet when you have NA$CAR and Aegis in the same breath. And what to think of any kind of sports drink or suppelments to ruin your career? Give me a break and to the idiots who say don’t take anything then don’t drink coffee or 5 hour energy. NA$CAR will save face as well as Aegis with the second one even thought it was two asprins and a sports drink he is a spokes-pearson for. No justis here.

  10. Rick Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    What would be the matter with doing a hair sample. From what I’ve been told, the test can show results from months ago.

  11. Larry Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Come on folks. While I question Nascar sometimes, I think they would be pretty sure about suspending a driver over a questionable drug test. Too much at stake for owners, sponsors, drivers, etc. While it’s possible a mistake could have been made, nothing is ever 100%, I would think the lab and Nascar would have pretty sure of the results. And, like the article said, I expect the second sample to come back positive too. But, Almendinger can go through rehab and if he gets clean he may can resurrect his career. Granted, he may have to go back to trucks or nationwide for a while but in time he may could get back in cup racing. All people make mistakes but if he’s willing to get his act together he might be able to salvage his career. The only thing I question about this second test is the amount of time that has passed since the “A” Sample was tested. It’s been nearly a month, is there a possibility of whatever drug was in the sample diminishing over time that now it would give a Negative Test?

  12. James Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Well the B sample came back positive for the same thing. The statement says, “results that were within nanograms of accepted standards.” What stimulant is allowable to an accepted standard by NASCAR’s policy???