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Hornish back in 22 as Allmendinger awaits results

July 09, 2012, , NASCAR.com

Sam Hornish Jr. will be back in the No. 22 Sprint Cup car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, as Penske Racing continues to await the fate of suspended regular driver AJ Allmendinger.

Hornish piloted the vehicle on short notice Saturday at Daytona International Speedway after Allmendinger was suspended temporarily by NASCAR for failing a random drug test administered the previous weekend at Kentucky Speedway. NASCAR notified the Penske team Saturday afternoon that Allmendinger's "A" sample from the test had turned up positive for a substance that the sanctioning body did not divulge to the media.

Monday night, NASCAR confirmed that it had received a request from Allmendinger to have his "B" sample from the same test also be examined. If that test also proves positive, he faces indefinite suspension and possible further medical examination or treatment.

"Penske Racing is continuing to work with NASCAR to follow its process and procedures related to the positive drug test that AJ Allmendinger was notified of this past weekend," the team said Monday in a statement. "While this process continues, Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the No. 22 car in this week's Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway."

Hornish was in Charlotte when the team was notified that Allmendinger had been suspended and was rushed to a flight to Daytona, arriving at the track just before the start of the event. He finished 33rd after cutting down a tire and damaging a quarterpanel, which required 10 laps to repair. A regular driver for Penske on the Nationwide Series, Hornish is a championship contender on that circuit, currently standing fourth in points.