AJ Allmendinger Is Reinstated By NASCAR

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AJ Allmendinger can now return to race in any of NASCAR‘s racing series.

It was announced on Tuesday that Allmendinger has been reinstated to compete. Upon completing his time in NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program, Allmendinger is now allowed to be behind the wheel.

NASCAR initially suspended Allmendinger when he failed a substance abuse test during the race weekend at Daytona back in July. A B sample testing was later held where the results from the first test were confirmed, leading to Allmendinger getting indefinitely suspended.

Prior to the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Allmendinger had signed on to race for Penske Racing after racing for Richard Petty Motorsports the season prior. Allmendinger was replacing Kurt Busch who had split with Penske in the off season. Once he was suspended during the weekend at Daytona, Sam Hornish Jr. was placed in the No.22 Dodge, filling in for the suspended Allmendinger.

As soon as the final verdict from NASCAR was released concerning Allmendinger’s second test, Penske Racing made a decision that involved both parties future. Within days of the suspension Penske Racing and Allmendinger parted ways. As for the 2013 season Penske has decided to go with Joey Logano in the No.22.

With his reinstatement, Allmendinger can now return to the track and race once he finds a new team that can provide him an opportunity.

Allmendinger now joins Aaron Fike as drivers who have been reinstated in 2012.

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