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Allmendinger’s best course of action is to comply

By admin | July 24, 2012

By Richard Allen


According to a statement released by NASCAR on Tuesday evening, A.J. Allmendinger has been suspended indefinitely by the sanctioning body. This indefinite suspension replaces what had originally been called a temporary suspension after the driver’s ‘A’ sample had tested positive for a banned substance prior to the Sprint Cup race in Daytona earlier this month.

The announcement of the indefinite suspension means that Allmendinger’s ‘B’ sample also tested positive for the banned substance. Whenever a driver or any other team member is drug tested by NASCAR, the sample given is split into two parts with the first analyzed immediately and the second held in the event a second test is required.

So now that the testing is completed, what happens next?

According to the same statement that changed Allmendinger’s suspension from temporary to indefinite, the driver will be provided with a letter from NASCAR outlining a process for reinstatement. Should he agree to the letter, Allmendinger will be allowed to participate in the ‘Road to Recovery’ program.

A Twitter post from ESPN’s Marty Smith just after the announcement of the positive ‘B’ test was made stated that, “Allmendinger has hired an independent lab to test everything in his home and motor coach to determine the cause of the failed drug test.”

That seems to imply Allmendinger is at least holding out hope that there will be some finding to somehow vindicate him. If something could be found in his home or motor coach that would match the banned substance in his system, it could be argued that the drug might not have been ingested but somehow absorbed accidentally and unknowingly.

Smith went on to tweet that, “Allmendinger’s agent states sample was ‘within nanograms’ of accepted tolerance & they’re unsure whether to fight or do NASCAR recovery prog.”

The thought of fighting back is at least being considered. But something that must also be considered before that decision is made is that history has already provided an example of a driver who chose to fight back, and that did not end well for the driver.

Jeremy Mayfield was indefinitely suspended in 2009 after a positive test. He then, and still does, insisted that he was innocent and fought back legally. He has not driven in a NASCAR sanctioned race since and has experienced a number of legal troubles following the decision to fight back.

No matter what the banned substance found was and no matter the amount of the banned substance that was found, the best course of action for Allmendinger is to simply comply with the NASCAR process. His best course of action is to complete the rehabilitation program and hope to make a comeback somewhere in the sport as soon as possible.

Otherwise, A.J. Allmendinger may go down in NASCAR history as some sort of hero who fought the establishment but ultimately saw his career disappear into oblivion.

From John Daly of BREAKING: AJ Allmendinger has informed NASCAR that he will participate in their “Road to Recovery” program immediately. That does not admit illegal drug use, just a substance policy violation. The drug or supplement that caused the violation has not been disclosed.

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15 Responses to “Allmendinger’s best course of action is to comply”

  1. headstone Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 3:45 am

    A J will go down in nascar not as a hero but a zero he wasn’t much of a driver anyway

  2. z'hills fan Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I really believe that he may have taken some substance not knowing that it would make you test positive. He just don’t seem like a person to be on drugs.

  3. Bill B Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I don’t think it matters what AJ does. If NASCAR was like other sports where corporate sponsorship wasn’t linked to a specific person (in this case the driver) he’d probably be able to comeback. Unfortunately he now has “baggage” that a lot of sponsors won’t be willing to accept. It’s not like he has piled up the wins and there are plenty of drivers looking for work that don’t have baggage.

  4. Josie Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 6:33 am

    You know, you’re probably right…but AJ is screwed and unless he comes up with some fantastic reason his B test was positive…he’s done in NASCAR. I have problems with the process…one sample split into an A and B sample! Well duh…chances are minuscule the A and B will show different results. The same lab testing both samples? Sketchy! I’m not into conspiracies … But when a career and life is on the line…NASCAR should go the extra mile. A second sample should be taken..maybe when the driver is notified of his first sample results. Split both samples..send one to Aegis and the other to an independent lab. I am not crying foul on NASCAR … just saying they need to go above and beyond before indefinitely suspending and branding a driver.

  5. Sue Rarick Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Saying that …‘within nanograms’ of accepted tolerance… is similar to saying the parachute ‘almost’ opened.

    I’ll accept AJ’s contention that it was a mistake and was caused by a combination of legal items that caused the problem. That being the case his wisest action is to get everything tested and show proof to Nascar. Then he should show a course of action that will prevent that from happening again. Finally he should just participate in the ‘Road to Recovery’ program.

    The worst that happens is he loses his ride but shows he knows how to play the Nascar game and will pick up another ride, as long as he hasn’t burned bridges behind him.

  6. MJH Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 9:25 am

    The biggest mistake AJ is making now is not fessing up, coming clean, with the fans and sponsors. Why would he not do this? Most likely because it’s an illegal substance that he does not want to admit to. Unless he comes clean, like Randy LaJoie did, he’s done. I doubt it’s a supplement, he made some stupid mistake and got caught. Look at the carefully selected Attorney words from his manager. They know exactly what the substance is, that’s what’s in the test results. A positive by nanograms is still a POSITIVE, you can’t talk your way out of it!!! Goodbye AJ, it’s been nice knowing you.

  7. MJH Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Josie, I’ve been involved in drug testing for many years in construction. The reason they don’t take a second sample weeks later is, the drug may have diminished by then. You are either positive or negative at the time of the random test within that sample. Besides, most of the time they know they are going to fail as soon as they are told they will be tested. They immediately begin ‘cleaning up’ in case of a retest. We have had numerous times where the employee drank gallons of water on the way to the test, which is a sign that they are dirty. Usually there we have to take another sample because it’s basically tainted and untestable, but that’s the only time. He’s just got to pull up his big boy pants and deal with what he’s done to himself. No one else did it, it’s not a mixture of supplements, he knows what he’s done. He’s just not man enough to come out and fess up.

  8. holdin5aces Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    A.J. was a trial balloon. Regardless if he can prove it was inadvertent i.e. a weird supplement, I don’t see him being welcomed back. No wins and well back in the points might have doomed him in any event. Hornish hasn’t shown he can do a big time stock car deal. Could Newman go back over the bridge from whence he came? SH losing the Army and saying they’ve added Aspen Dental suggests they face sponsorship issues. I don’t see SH doing a Roush and funding a team out of its pocket. How about Regan Smith who runs near the front with few resources? Or is this the secret spot for Kenseth? With A.J. gone, the announcement could come earlier is so.

  9. Wayne T. Morgan Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Did you reality believe that he would pass this idiotic drug farse? NA$CAR will never lose as they have the deck stacked in their favor. NA$car is never wrong, Drug testing, the cot, the chase, losing fans and viewers oh no we’er doing fine. Yeah right,,

  10. Bill B Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    If AJ wants to come back then eventually he is going to have to divulge what substance was found in his test. If it was something innocent people/fans will be able to overlook it and therefore the sponsors might be willing to take a chance based on public opionion. However if they don’t make an announcement then people will assume it’s something worse in which case sponsors will avoid him like the plague. Public opinion does matter in this case because that is what matters to sponsors.

  11. midasmicah Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Almendinger had already lost before they tested the B sample. nas$car will never admit it if they were wrong. If this was one of their elite pets, there would not have been a positive test. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a big Almendinger fan, but I do not trust nas$car. This won’t change in my mind until they let a driver use a lab independent of nas$car.

  12. Larry Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Midas, this is an independent lab. This company does drug tests for many different clients and companies. And, while I am suspicious of some things Nascar does like these fathom debris cautions, I would think after the Mayfield event Nascar would have their ducks in a row before suspending someone again. And remember, this is not just about AJ, it’s Penske, his sponsors and crew and a lot of other people so this is way more than just AJ. Some people said that they could not believe AJ would do drugs but before Mayfield got caught I wouldn’t have believed that about him. Most people who do drugs and get caught are in denial. They try to blame it on bad testing or some supplement, etc. knowing all along they are guilty of taking something they shouldn’t have been taking. If I had a multimillion dollar job on the line I would be darn sure that any supplement I wanted to take would not give me a positive test result. I think AJ is just looking for excuses with this supplement thing and I agree with a lot of other people, he needs to come clean and just admit what he tested positive for and say he made a mistake and enter Nascar’s Rehab Program to get reinstated.

  13. Benjamin P. Glaser Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I have been around enough meth-heads in my life to know what even short-term use does to a person. There is no way that Mayfield was a user.

  14. Tony Geinzer Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I KNEW IT! Dinger is and still is hiding something from the fans and we know how filthy Kurt and Kyle Busch are, but, this is a new story and if he tries suing NASCAR for all they have like Mayfield, NASCAR will hit Dinger worse than he or anyone else realize. He is on Strike 2 and 9/10 and Pennzoil needs to free Dinger.

  15. offkilter Says:
    July 25th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I hate it for AJ, but he can probably forget about cup for a while. Get the rehab thing done; get the nascar creds back and with hat in hand, try to rebuild in nns or even a truck. He will probably have to go on a tear and be super impressive down there to make it back to cup. If he only musters up hornish type numbers, he may never be back.