NASCAR Reinstates Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on July 24. (Photo: Getty Images)

NASCAR has reinstated driver AJ Allmendinger upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program.

Allmendinger had been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on July 24 for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

Allmendinger tested positive for the prescription drug Adderall in his system.

Allmendinger says a friend handed him a pill the night before the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30 - stating that it was a workout supplement that would give him energy. It turned out to be Adderall and the positive substance abuse test forced NASCAR to suspend the driver.

He subsequently was let go as driver of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge for Penske Racing. The NASCAR reinstatement means Allmendinger can drive again in NASCAR's top divisions.

“I appreciate that NASCAR created the the Road to Recovery program, and am grateful for the opportunity to return to competition," Allmendinger said in a statement.

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