A.J. Allmendinger Failed Drug Test

It was announced moments ago on SPEED that A.J. Allmendinger has been suspended by NASCAR for a failed drug test. Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the #22 tonight but the future is very up in the air. If he makes it from North Carolina in the team plane in time.

Just yesterday my dad and I were talking about how A.J. needed a good rest of the year to get signed by a great team again next year and then this comes out. I have always been a fan of A.J. but doing any drug that isn’t prescription is stupid in this sport. It’s just too much of a risk to have him out there and be on a drug. He does have 72 hours to protest and supply a “B” sample to NASCAR, however if it’s anything other weed it should be out of his system in 3 days. A.J. is probably done in NASCAR due to this and Penske is going to have to scramble to get someone in the #22 for the rest of the year, as Sam Hornish will not please many sponsors.

A major issue for Penske could be the fact that they are the only team that drives Dodges in the series, finding a cross over driver won’t be easy. I guess getting rid of Kurt Busch wasn’t the best option, now was it?

EDIT: He already has a “B” sample produced.

Kurt Busch Wins In Daytona

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Kurt Busch and Phoenix Racing picked up a great win tonight in Daytona. Most of the race saw Kurt team up with his brother Kyle, but a late caution took Kyle away from his bumper. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ended up pushing Kurt across the line in a paring which didn’t materialize until the very end of the race.

Kurt is in limbo every week, and has no deal for next year in place. But wins like these in the Nationwide series sure to up his stock. I don’t feel that any team should turn their back on a guy like Kurt. There’s a lot of great marketing that can be done with Kurt with sponsorship, and he is without a doubt a proven winner. There are very few proven winners in any sport that go unsigned and I believe after this year with Phoenix he will go to a top level team.

In other news Danica Patrick was fast all night until she wrecked. The #7 car was scary fast tonight and was faster than two car packs by itself. A big wreck took out half the legitimate competition, but still as always the Nationwide Series produced great racing at Daytona. Daytona is a great track, but the Nationwide Series always steals the show.