A.J. Allmendinger Tests Positive for a Stimulant
A.J. Allmendinger in a statement released by his agent indicates his “A” sample tested positive for a Stimulant. The full statement is below:
“In an effort to help our colleagues in the media report on this in a timely and accurate manner, we wanted to provide some additional details regarding AJ’s sample “A” test results. AJ tested positive for a stimulant. He 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. 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. We will have the opportunity to review all of the scientific data surrounding the test following the “B” sample test, but our understanding is that AJ’s test was slightly above the threshold. As of this morning, we have not been given notice of when the testing of the “B” sample will take place. Thanks again for all of the support of our fans, team, and sponsors as we continue working through the process.”
Everyone in the NASCAR community is waiting for the “B” sample test but it is widely expected that it will confirm the “A” sample test. The new information about the possibility of over the counter medications and/or supplements contributed to the positive will provide more news, drama and speculation for weeks to come.
It appears from the statement that this is going to play out similar to Jeremy Mayfield’s positive test. Jeremy Mayfield contended his test was positive due to a combination of Adderall an ADD med and over the counter allergy pills. Either way this is a sad time for A.J. Allmendinger and NASCAR. He will not be in a car until this gets resolved and that will probably be a long time.
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