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Allmendinger requests 'B' sample tested

July 25, 2012, ,

AJ Allmendinger, currently under temporary suspension after failing a random drug test last week, has requested that the backup urine sample be tested -- and continues to maintain his innocence.

NASCAR notified the Penske team Saturday afternoon that Allmendinger's primary sample from the test had turned up positive for a substance that the sanctioning body did not divulge to the media.

As part of the appeals process, Allmendinger exercised his rights Tuesday, asking that an independent laboratory test the backup sample in an attempt at exoneration.

"I have informed NASCAR that I have requested that the 'B' sample be tested, following the steps according to NASCAR's 2012 rule book regarding this situation," Allmendinger said in a statement released by the team. "I fully respect NASCAR's drug usage policy and the reasons they have it. I am hoping this can get resolved as quickly as possible so that I can get back to driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge.

"I am sorry that this has caused such a distraction for my Penske Racing team, our sponsors and fans. Obviously I would never do anything to jeopardize my opportunity here at Penske Racing or to my fellow drivers. I am very conscious about my training and health and would never knowingly take a prohibited drug."

After Allmendinger was suspended, Penske Racing officials hurriedly located driver Sam Hornish Jr. -- who was taping a television program in Charlotte, N.C. -- and flew him on a team jet to Daytona, where he arrived at the track and climbed into the No. 22 Dodge just minutes before the command to start engines. He finished 33rd.

With Allmendinger's situation in flux, Hornish was added Monday to the entry list for Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.