Just hours ahead of Saturday's NASCAR Coke Zero 400, AJ Allmendinger has been replaced as the driver of the number 22 car. Allmendinger failed a random drug test performed Saturday morning and was temporarily suspended from racing. Penske racing was notified this afternoon that Allmendinger's "A" sample failed the drug screen and he has 72 hours to request that his "B" sample be tested. It is so rare to hear about any drug offenses within the car racing sport but too much of this and congress just might get involved.
At 6 p.m. news conference announced the suspension and driver change to fans. The Vice-president of NASCAR refused to take any questions during the announcement. No indication of how long Allmendinger will be suspended or what substance triggered the positive on the test. Brad Keselowski, one of Allmendinger's team mates, refused to answer any questions about the incident instead trying to focus on getting the number 22 car and new driver prepared for the Coke Zero 400. Whether Penske racing chooses to punish Allmendinger or not is yet to be seen but it would not be surprising.
Sam Hornish Jr. will take over as the driver for the number 22 Shell car. Hornish just raced Friday night in the Subway 250 driving the number 12 WURTH Dodge Challenger. Sadly someone's inability to use a brain and say no to drugs left Hornish having to drive in two races back to back.