Monday, July 23, 2012

Petition to NASCAR - A Plea for Leniency

*Edited for clarification: This petition is not to debate AJ's guilt or innocence before NASCAR. It is directed towards whoever determines the "Road to Recovery" steps (aka AJ's punishment) that he needs to take in order to get reinstated. This petition isn't for NASCAR to circumvent the rules but for them to take the circumstances of the case into consideration before sentencing AJ's career to certain death. The bottom line of the matter is that NASCAR needs AJ in the sport.*

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To Whom it May Concern in NASCAR:

As fans of AJ Allmendinger we want you to consider your actions carefully when examining all the information that will be revealed after AJ's "B" sample test results come back. Whatever the circumstances are, please keep in mind the spirit of the rule which you are enforcing. The substance abuse policy was set forth as a safety standard and needs to be implemented as such. When you start looking at the HUGE gray area of supplements, energy drinks, and other unregulated herbal remedies you can't just force things into being black and white.

Before deciding on AJ's punishment, remember what keeps NASCAR alive - the fans. Without fans there is no reason to continue putting on these races every weekend. You want to know what fans are missing and why they don't enjoy NASCAR as much anymore? NASCAR fans are looking for heart. They want to see drivers with emotions and passion and true heart - AJ Allmendinger has that. If he isn't racing in NASCAR it is a huge loss to your association.

AJ needs to be reinstated as soon as possible. No matter what his "B" test results are, we will continue to believe that this entire situation was without any intent on his part to subvert the rules - even worst case scenario it was no more than a lapse in due diligence on his part. AJ deserves no more punishment than the three weeks he has already been suspended and the points he has lost. Please reinstate him immediately.


Sincerely,

AJ Allmendinger fans

(If you agree with this petition, please state your name and where you're from. Feel free to add what makes you an AJ fan and what it would mean for you to not have him in NASCAR.)

93 comments:

  1. Tracy H, WyomingJuly 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    AJ is my driver, no matter where he drives. Without AJ in NASCAR there's no point in watching. No AJ - no NASCAR for me.

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    1. Ursula Gantner Morgantown WVJuly 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM

      AJ is a great driver and a great influence for Nascar racing. I think things will all work out from this situation. He has such drive and motivation for the sport! # Support AJ always!

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  2. I have my share of concern about this testing policy and what yall are classifying as a drug. Their are many different stimulants in these Nascar endorsed Energy drinks and products. We demand that AJDinger be reinstated immediately. We feel this has been totally un necessary to suspend him on such bias. He will be cleared on his B Sample this next week. Hope no other driver has to endure this kind of travesty again.

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  3. I'm glad to hhave him at Penske and am waiting for his return in his car. -Caleb Slouha

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  4. EA - California.


    No words can describe how much I need AJ back in the 22. So I will just ask you to please make it happen. Please.

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  5. I really hope this can be resolved soon :) Pulling for him!

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  6. I am in complete agreement with this. AJ is why I watch NASCAR. He is the kind of person we need in this sport. Please don't punish him further. It is undeserved and unnecessary.

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  7. countryesque - CAJuly 23, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Please show that redemption has a place in racing sports. No matter the outcome this was just a tiny smudge on the history of Penske, Nascar and AJ Allmendinger. You all have made great strides in racing performance and I feel like none of you could have done it without the other, at least in this moment in time. Please keep AJ in the 22 and please continue to support him. He is a driver with endless potential but most of all he is loved and respected by many fans young and old and it is us who are the fabric and future of NASCAR. Thanks.

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  8. Evelyn Long TexasJuly 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Evelyn Long Texas
    Please let one of the best up and coming drivers back in his car. Stimulants are common place in so many products in our society. Stimulant I'm sorry are a far cry from hard drug use. I don't condone use of any drugs, however a stimulant can be due to simply using a product that does not list all ingredients in its product. So AJ that we have a sport that doesn't ruin a career over an error by using a product that may not inform a consumer. If it was a hard drug illegal, I'll stand with NASCAR, stimulant use by error is not worth ruining a life and career. Thank you for considering my opinion.

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  9. I can only say that I have been following AJ since he started racing go karts at the age of 11. I guess that's only about 19 years. In that time I can say that I have got to see him at the highest of highs and close to the lowest of lows. During that time I can honestly say that AJ has never done anything to jeopardize his career or endanger any of his competitors. I agree with the statements above and can say that it will be VERY hard for me to continue supporting NASCAR in the future if this turns out to be a situation that results in AJ Allmendinger loosing his Sprint Cup career due to the use of an energy supplement that showed up in a urine sample. I am praying for a quick resolution to this situation and can't wait to see AJ back in a race car giving everything he has for his fans. Hopefully it is ack in the #22 Shell Penzoil Dodge where he deserves to be.

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  10. Bring back AJ! Only reason why this Nor Cal fan watches NASCAR!

    Eric, Nor Cal

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  11. Mark Farrell Seaside Park,NJ No matter what ill always be a diehard AJ fan. REINSTATE THE DINGER! #supportaj # dingernation #freeallmendinger

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  12. Agree 100% AJ does not deserve to have a career ruined over this. Chris raymond

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  13. AJ I believe was going to get canned for Sam regardless of this situation for 2013, and that's sad for me to say. AJ has a ton of talent, and if he comes back which I hope he does I don't see him with Penske for 2013. None the less, let's get the kid back on the racetrack where he belongs.

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  14. i know somebody who pee dirty when they tested it was Tylenol sinus making him dirty so i believe in aj

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  15. AJ didn't do anything wrong. I think the ingredients in the energy drinks need to be looked at. I support AJ 100% no matter what the B test shows.

    Heather, Redwood City CA

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  16. FREE THE DINGER!!!

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  17. I fully support AJ and want him back racing. He has been wronged and it needs to be set right.

    Mary, Charlotte NC

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  18. I am Arianna F. i am a Mainer. I am a avid Allmendinger fan. I loved him since 07 in the Red Bull car. It makes me teary eyed watching all of this news about his suspension, and i will not watch NASCAR without him. my goal in life is to meet Anthony James Allmendinger<3

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  19. Hi

    My Name is Anthony. Ever since I became a Nascar fan I have only rooted for 2 drivers. The 1st one is Jimmie Johnson, but the close 2nd is AJ Allmendinger. I've followed his career from Red Bull racing to his stay at Richard Petty Motorsports to Penske Racing. Why do I like AJ? Well I'm a fan of him because he has always been the underdog in the garage. Because up until this point he was never in great equipment but he made the best of it. Because Red Bull dumped him and he had nowhere to go. Because RPM smelled the opportunity of having Kurt Busch in there car and would've dropped him at a minutes notice. Aj hasn't had it easy in Nascar he has scratched and clawed and was now given the opportunity of something great. I don't know the guy personally, I only know his on track performance and his on camera persona. One of the things that caught me attention was that this guy is a regular guy. He likes the same music I do and has fun doing the thing that I wish I could do. Maybe I try to live vicariously through him, but every time I see him on track I think to myself he made it. AJ has never won a race but I don't care his personality is what makes a fan out of me.

    As far as this test, A stimulant can be many things. I just ask the Officials at Nascar to look at all the evidence. If it was in fact a result a energy drink he shouldn't be punished the same as an illegal narcotic. With the evidence in hand please make a wise decision. Take in mind that he has already served 3 weeks.

    All us fans want to see is him back in his seat driving the 22.

    I don't agree with what his teammate Brad Keselowski has said about banning all supplements there are clearly legal and illegal supplements. I would actually follow Carl Edwards advise and ask for a panel that would determine what is legal and what is not.

    I will stand by AJ with the good or the bad and hope that he is reinstated into NASCAR as soon as possible. His career shouldn't be in the balance if this is a misunderstanding.

    Thanks

    Regards

    Anthony
    @tuningvelocity

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  20. Orange County NY the guy took an over the counter stimulant something your 18 year old son or daughter or better yet your 90 year old grand parent could buy. Get over your self NASCAR let the Dinger do work!!!! @kyle8683

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  21. Get AJ back in his car racing asap.. His test needs to be broke down due to the fact that there are alot of products out there today that contain stimulants that are legal.... If he in fact drank or ate something that caused this he needs to be back in that car...

    Jerry W...Utah

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  22. Zach H, Indiana

    I sure hope this works! I believe AJ unknowingly took a health supplement that had items that can get you caught in a drug test.

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  23. get him back on the track asap! eric-manitoba canada!

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  24. Mike H, NC
    I've known AJ for a few years and believe that any positive test would absolutely be unintentional. AJ made one mistake a few years back and fully understood that teams, sponsors, and fans would not allow another. He would not knowingly put himself in this position.

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  25. James Westbrook:
    AJ has been my favorite driver for years, and I would be devistated without him on the track. There would be very little to cheer for on Sunday so as a fan of NASCAR for 15 years, I'd probably stop watching, along with many other AJ fans. I fully believe it was unknowingly and hopefully the B test results prove this to be the case.

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  26. I agree 100% with this petition and I hope to see AJ racing again in NASCAR as soon as possible. He is the reason I watch every weekend.

    Scott
    Indiana

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  27. Toni, Sacramento, CAJuly 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    I believe in AJ and truly hope that he is back in the #22 car ASAP. Not just for 2012 but for many years to come. AJ has brought excitement to NASCAR both on and off the track. His interactions with fans, sponsors, television interviews and Trackside are so freshing and fun. I truly hope that all consideration is given when all the facts are presented and AJ is reinstated promptly. Thank you to Penske Racing for standing by AJ and I hope that you will continue to do so. While I feel Brad's words were harsh and not supportive towards AJ, I hope he welcomes him back as a teammate. AJ has a great personality that fans enjoy and he's a great driver. He's had his challenges in NASCAR and he's perservered. He will survive this and be even stronger! Bring back AJ!

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  28. Rcngdavy Crested Butte,CoJuly 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    If NASCAR is crazy enough not to reinstate AJ, We would be happy to have him back at IndyCar. You stole him from us anyway. Ha. Ha Best of Luck on whatever the future holds.

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  29. Pulling for AJ want to see him back soon!


    Sami
    NJ

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  30. Heather coburn san jose, ca
    AJ is our hometown boy. He can move anything with wheels give him a chance prove it from bmx to NASCAR. The other reason he is my son's hero and AJ brought the sexy back to NAACAR
    #supportAJ #dingernation

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  31. I am not asking Nascar to break any rules but I think these energy drinks need to be looked into as a possible source. If you are sponsored by an energy drink company, of course you are going to use them to make the sponsor happy. I have always liked AJ and he was very contrite after his DUI and I think he learned his lesson. I cannot believe he would do anything to lose his ride. And Sam Hornish back in the Cup Series? Please. There was a reason he was sent down to the rookies. He hits the wall and causes more crashes more than Michael Waltrip ever did.

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  32. Here's hoping the folks at NASCAR use discretion on this one. Everyone that knows Dingers says unequivocally that he does NOT use drugs. Unregulated energy drinks and supplements are a hornets nest waiting for someone to stir up, and unfortunately AJ was that guy. Test him every day if you must, but please do the right thing and reinstate him NOW so that he can try to salvage his NASCAR career.

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  33. We support aj no matter what!
    He has a great family and aj works very hard and trains harder to be that
    Top notch driver.
    He would never knowingly take any thing to jeopardize his life.
    I hope this can go away so he can salvage his season and win a race to quite his worse critics .
    And when the false positive is revealed, I expect some public apologies from some radio guys and Internet blog writers.
    Gaxiola family.
    We have your back aj!

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  34. I haven't seen A.J. since he was a baby ,but I have been following his racing ,and I do know he is a good young man .I don't know all the details of his case like you do ,but if it turns out to be like some have said just to many energy drinks or something along that line ,I think the two races that he has already been suspended is more than fare for that .I hope you will agree with me ,and reinstate him now.I think if reinstated he would be a positive representative of NASCAR ,Roger Penske ,and the sport .
    Thank you ;Fred Holman

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  35. I think this whole thing has blown way out of proportion and AJ needs to be reinstated and allowed to race.

    Why? Because he did not do anything reckless or sneaky and did not break any NASCAR rule on purpose, and maybe NASCAR should start monitoring all these sports drinks/supplements that are sponsors since that is probably the culprit in this case.

    If anything, AJ has learned to be even more diligent in watching what he consumes.


    Let AJ drive!

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  36. I haven't seen A.J. since he was a baby ,but I have been following his racing ,and I do know he is a good young man .I don't know all the details of his case like you do ,but if it turns out to be like some have said just to many energy drinks or something along that line ,I think the two races that he has already been suspended is more than fare for that .I hope you will agree with me ,and reinstate him now.I think if reinstated he would be a positive representative of NASCAR ,Roger Penske ,and the sport .
    Thank you ;Fred Holman

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  37. Shannan Thornton, Spring Hill TN
    AJ is a great driver and a good guy. Everyone deserves a chance. Let him drive.

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  38. Edgar H. Nv. If AJ was using a real drug than please tell us dont treat us like children. If you wish to remove him from the.sport than do so. If its some kind of bs thing I hope the real truth comes out good or bad for AJ, of its bad than AJ needs to get help, if its bs than NASCAR needs help! I don't want drugies on the track but I do want them to have a far shot to prove right or wrong.

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  39. We support AJ and believe he was tained with a supplement. Please do not ban AJ. He is the reason I watch the sport. Without him, you have a lost two fans, myself and my son.
    Jason and Joseph Nance

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  40. Renn. PA Watched Nascar my whole life. This situation has placed alot of doubt in my mind about their policies. Don't ruin a guy's career. Put AJ back in Nascar!

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  41. I want AJ back NASCAR is not the same without him racing!

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  42. Nascar,I have been a faithful follower for well over 35 years since I got my first model car of richard petty and in the last 20 years the only races I have not seen,either in person or on t.v. are the ones since dinger has been out,you all know this is an imperfect world and we all have made mistakes either knowingly or unknowingly,and if a.j. test comes back positive for something as simple as an energy drink,how can you justify suspending him when your drivers are on t.v asking us to use those products.is it ok for us to use them but not your drivers,this would be such an injustice and if that's the case you would loose another fan forever,I know 1 fan means nothing to you but eventually those insignificant 1 fans here and there add up to a lot of fans,and do you really want to abandon those who have put you where you are at today?

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  43. It seems to me that no matter what NASCAR does, they always seem to get a 'black eye.' I have always maintained that NASCAR has been fair on their rulings. I am hoping, and indeed asking, that you thoroughly consider AJ's case. If indeed there is a reasonably belief that he mistakingly took a banned substance that was contained in some supplement, I would suggest that the time that he has already served under suspension will be adequate and that you can place him on probation for some period with additional testing requirements.

    Frank from NH

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  44. I gotta have faith that Nascar will get it right and AJ will be driving real soon, he did nothing wrong. I support the Dinger!!
    this is from Bama Saints, didnt want to be anonynous but couldnt post otherwise.

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  45. I believe the Nascar drug policy was put in place to keep an "abuser" from causing physical harm to himself and/or other drivers, crewmembers, etc. One positive test doesn't necessarily make someone an "abuser". Seemingly AJ's A test was "slightly" above the threshold. MY thyroid was recently "slightly" lower than normal and apparently self corrected. Slightly in AJ's case could be something as minimal as a piece of chewing gum. And if you all have done any kind of research, many food and candy products contain ingredients that could put someone into the "slightly" category. After the outcome of AJ's B test I sincerely hope you all will do some questioning to the FDA. At this point AJ has done everything to cooperate with the system. And as long as he is willing to cooperate I see no need for further punishment. Maybe all Nascar drivers should get educational training in supplements and food that could potentially be unsafe. The key here is education. The only drug problem I believe Nascar has is that these poor drivers get drug around the US week to week and don't have enough down time during the season to rest or recover from injuries. They wouldn't need supplements if there weren't so many demands on their time. Maybe the drivers should just start saying no to some of these Media requests for interviews that are absolutely stupid to begin with.

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  46. I am keeing the faith that NASCAR will uphold the spirit of the rule when it is proven that A.J. did not intentionally do anything that would jeopardize his career. Hopefully NASCAR will remember what this sport is all about, the fans. This is the best way I can think of let our voices be heard; hopefully NASCAR is listening! PLEASE REINSTATE AJ!!! The sport wouldn't be the same without him and I for one would no longer be a fan of NASCAR if you take away my driver!

    To A.J., hold your head up, praying for you every day. Know that your fans are behind you 100%!

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  47. AJ we are in full support for you. We all know it was not recreational use. I think NASCAR needs to relax its policy and if it's tied to legal supplementation it should be fine for you to have in your system.

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  48. I'm Rick Alston the head of AJ's Phoenix Crew. We are AJ's unoffical fan club in Phoenix AZ. We support NASCAR's drug testing policy just as AJ does. But we do believe that in this case that the testing program has gone a bit to far. We understand that in our sport there needs to be testing to make sure that the sport is safe for all competitors. But like the petitions says not everything is black and white and there needs to be some common sense used. When the test comes back and proves that the substance or combination of substances were from his energy drink and/or supplements are to blame for AJ's positive test then his reinstatement should be immeadiate. Three weeks is enough. There is nothing to gain by sending AJ through the Road to Recovery for something that is not a drug. If the substance that caused the test to be positive isn't on the banned substance list then this is a no brainer.

    AJ has worked his entire life to get where he is today. He has been tested countless times. Never has he had anything ever come up before. AJ embodies everything that NASCAR was built on. Hard work, determination, and true racing talent. Suspending AJ for up to 5 months to complete your program is a waste of NASCAR's money, time, and AJ's career. The fans are looking at you NASCAR to see if there is any heart and brains behind the all of this. Please use your head and think carefully when weighing the evidence vs the punishment. Your Road to Recovery was put in place for people with a drug problem. Taking energy drinks and supplements are not a drug problem!!

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  49. I completely agree 100%! I don't believe AJ did anything wrong. He's a great driver and a great person.

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  50. Reinstate AJ he is a great driver and a great guy!!!!! He didn't do anything wrong!!!!! 100% innocent!!!!!!

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  51. I Agree! Jimmy Joe Ball. Richmond, VA

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  52. If this so called stimulant was indeed ingested unknowingly (by a contaminated supplement or similar) then something needs to be done to better screen for these things on drug tests. We all know there are plenty of safe herbal supplements that can be masked as something illegal via the most sophisticated drug testing... as the World Anti Doping Agency mentioned with Suma Root just last year... please reinstate AJ Allmendinger. This will be a major black eye for NASCAR if he is not reinstated, or if we can't find out for sure what the illegal limit/substance truly was.

    CW - California

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  53. Paul
    Redford, MI

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  54. I'm here to stand beside and behind AJ Allmendinger!

    Until I hear that this so-called drug-test was for a known illegal substance, I will continue my support for him!

    NASCAR was quick to name meth in the issue with Mayfield. Why the secrecy with AJ? what exactly is the issue?

    I hope and pray that AJ is not the fall-guy that will end up changing the drug testing policy for NASCAR with his own career at stake. I am against all drug-use in professional sports. But until they publicly state what it is he tested positive for, and prove that it's an illegal substance, I will remain an AJ Allmedinger fan.

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  55. My name is Jason Briggs and you can add me to the petition. AJ has been my driver since I started attending races and will most likely put off trips until he gets back behind the wheel, and I have already been to 3 tracks this year

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  56. Toni, Sacramento, CAJuly 24, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Tara Ragan, AJ's representative stated the test was nanograms above the threshold. Looked up in the dictionary to see what nanogram means...one billionth of a gram. I hope that the independent lab can pinpoint exactly what caused this and that NASCAR will look at all the evidence and reinstate AJ as quickly as possible. If it is (which I seriously doubt) an illegal substance, then AJ should do the recovery program and get healthy. If it is a result of supplements and/or the energy drink he needs to be reinstated immediately.

    I can't imagine how AJ, his family and close friends, crew, and team members feel. I hope they find some comfort knowing there are a lot of people that support AJ and believe in him. I am one of them. NASCAR...bring back AJ and Penske Racing...put AJ back in the 22 car!

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  57. Alex DeLong, Atlanta, GAJuly 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    My favorite team is Penske. My driver is Brad. When he joined Penske in 2010... It was the worst season I've from him by a kong shot. But he proved himself in 2011.

    When Dinger joined Penske... I expected him to have a season like Brads. And then next year... Whoop some ass.


    Long story short... AJ needs to be able to get back behind the wheel and show his real talent

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  58. We love AJ, and know that this mistake will be righted. Myself and my wife would want our kid to grow and overcome so many trials in life, like AJ. AJ is the reason we follow NASCAR and believe they will understand that AJ is a good guy in sports and belongs in the series.

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  59. Phoenix AZ NASCAR Fan: Hey Nascar, why don't you release the results & let everyone know exactly what AJ supposedly abused? Perhaps you wouldn't be able to handle the fallout? I love this sport more than any other but Nascar, sounds like you really screwed up this time. I don't always agree with the choices yall make but, I accept them trusting you know what's best for the sport. But you guys really need to sit down with some experts in this area & do some tweaking to your "drug abuse" policy. This is insane! Don't give this sport ANOTHER black eye.

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  60. I have been a fan of AJ's since he was in Champ Car. I was glad he came over to NASCAR. I support him and hope he will remain in the #22 Penske Dodge. I believe his statements to be true. I believe you are innocent until there is proof of guilt. Everyone deserves a second chance. Good Luck, AJ! No matter what I will be a fan of yours!

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  61. AJ has gone through so much adversity and tough times both in NASCAR and his personal life. My heart goes out to him, his family, crew at Penske Racing and Walldinger Racing and close friends. I can't imagine how difficult this must be. I'm happy that AJ dediced to do the Road to Recovery Program. I want to see him back out on the track. Hoping Penske Racing and Shell Pennzoil will be supportive and put AJ back in the 22 car once he's reinstated. Also hope the Road to Recovery is not a long drawn out process but rather a program that truly is focused on the issues with the goal of reinstatement as quickly as possible. Best of luck AJ...always a fan!

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  62. NASCAR is nothing without AJ in it. He needs to be reinstated as soon as possible. Please don't drag out the drama. You KNOW that AJ isn't some sort of drug addict. Rehab would be completely pointless. As long as he's clean he deserves to be back on the track.

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  63. Bring AJ back - Reinstate the Dinger!!!!!!!

    Paul, Miami Beach

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  64. Dinger Fan 4ever!July 28, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I miss the Dinger! Hoping that this Road to Recovery plan is quick so AJ is back in the 22 car soon. I truly hope that Mr. Penske, Penske Racing and Shell Pennzoil stand behind AJ and support him through this. I support AJ! Bring back the Dinger NASCAR!

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  65. I can't wait for AJDinger to be back in the car. I race karts just like he did & look up to him so I can be like him some day. I know he would never take anything that would get him baned from racing. He has too much to loose to be that stupid. I hope he's racing soon. It's just not the same when hes not.

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  66. AJ doesn't need rehab! NASCAR, you know that he's no druggie. Get him back in the car ASAP

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  67. NASCAR needs someone like Dinger in the sport. He's just an all-around likeable driver. He's not boring vanilla like Jimmie & Jeff. He's not a hot-headed jerk like Tony or Kyle. He's not a goody two shoes like Carl.

    Dinger has tons of personality but he doesn't get on everyone's nerves like a lot of the other drivers do. He may not be the most popular driver out there, but he's got a lot of loyal followers because he's just a really good guy with a ton of heart and passion for the sport. If Dinger isn't in NASCAR anymore it's just a huge blow to the fan base and to the sport in general.

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  68. This week Mr. Penske will be meeting with AJ to discuss his future. It's time to step up and show our support for AJ. If you are on Twitter you can send your supportive tweets to @shellracingus and @penskeracing. Not sure about Facebook pages so if you know of them share the info with the rest of us. If you tweet, be sure to include #support AJ.

    AJ is making efforts to make this situation right. NASCAR, Penske Racing, Shell Pennzoil need to support him and do the right thing...reinstate AJ and put him in the 22 car!

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  69. I know AJ & theirs no way that he deliberately did drugs. Absolutely no way! He's so health conscious he can't even eat dessert without a guilty conscience over it. And theirs not a chance that he would do anything to hurt his career. It's all he thinks about. ALL he thinks about! Give him a break, NASCAR.

    Tonya

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  70. Jenny. CaliforniaJuly 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    AJ...hope your meeting last Friday went well and the Road to Recovery Program will be quick so you can be reinstated with NASCAR and Penske Rscing very soon. Sure miss seeing you on the race track and in your interviews. Stay positive and keep the faith. You gotta believe!

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  71. Doug, BakersfieldJuly 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    I was a huge Kevin Harvick fan but kind of watched this other kid from California when he started in NASCAR in 2007. I was impressed with the tenacity that he showed when he was pulled from his Red Bull ride for a short time in 2008. But he drove a Toyota - and there was no way I was rooting for a Toyota. Then I happened to be walking through the merchandise area at the Sonoma race in 2008 and there was the Dinger signing autographs. The line wasn't long so I got into it & was amazed when I watched the way he interacted with fans. After having the chance to meet and talk to AJ it didn't matter anymore that he was in a Toyota. I've cheered for him in everything he's been in since that day - including a Ford, which is almost like sacrilege. There's just something about that kid and the way that he connects with his fans. I can't describe it but I can tell you that NASCAR races just aren't the same without him in the field. It's like the soul of the sport is missing. I pray every day that NASCAR sees reason & puts the Dinger back on track.

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  72. Ron Vierra san jose ca..As a friend of the Allmendingers i have watched and worked next to his dad for over 20 plus years. I have watched Greg work and sometimes bleed to get enough money to keep AJ racing. AJ's parents Karen and Greg have made so many sacrafices to keep there boy racing. And to have it all go away over a nanogram. Is just plain WRONG.. That's a billionth of a gram. People who know him know he is a health nut and know he would never knowingly do anything to hurt or end his carer. Nascar needs to get to the bottom of this. Not only for AJ but for his family, friends and fans.... So come on nascar let's get this done and get AJ back on the track where he belongs... And to AJ if you are reading this. Hang in there my friend we are ALL behind you....

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  73. I have been a fan of AJ's since he joined Red Bull, I have followed hom team to team and was really hoping this would be his be break. Something seems a little fishy to me about this whole thing. Why would Nascar wait to pull AJ just an hour or so before the race? None of this makes sense. I do hope Nascar gets to the bottom of this or possibly anyone they many have anything to do with this. I hope AJ knows all his fans are behind and I'm praying for a miracle he's back behind the 22 by Watkins Glen. One more thing, the fans that are talking bad about him are the ones that are sitting back at every race getting drunk and trashed so none of them have a right to talk trash. We love you AJ and your fans have your back.

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  74. #SupportAJ - We've got your back, bud.

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  75. #SupportAJ - I've got your back and so do the rest of these people! Hang in there, bud. You'll be back in the 22 in no time!

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  76. DINGERS PHX CREWJuly 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Free the DINGER!!!!

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  77. Keith from Northern CaliforniaJuly 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    AJ...hope you are holding up okay. Sure miss watching you in NASCAR. It's just not the same. You offer so much to NASCAR. After all...you did bring sexy back. LOL. Your interviews and television appearances are fun to watch. I still smile when I think of you and Rutledge throwing things off the grandstand in Daytona.

    On a more serious note, I understand why you agreed to do the Road to Recovery program and do not take this as an admission of guilt. Since NASCAR has this program and the intent is to get the person reinstated, Mr. Penske and sponsors of the #22 car need to put AJ in the car as soon as the requirements are met and approved to be reinstated which should be very soon.

    Bring back AJ and put in the 22 car. He deserves another chance. All humans make mistakes, intentional and unintentional.

    My family will always be a fan of AJ...no matter where he is racing. I just hope it is in NASCAR.

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  78. Please reinstate AJ and put him back in the #22 car. Forever a Dinger fan!

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  79. I hate this for AJ and all his fans including myself. Have been pulling for him since he was in the #84 car. I haven't watched a race since he was suspended. Hope he can land back on his feet and get a quality ride for 2013. WE HAVE YOUR BACK AJ.

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  80. I am very disappointed with Penske Racing releasing AJ! Since the only reason I rooted for Penske was AJ, I am no longer a fan of Penske Racing and definitely not Shell Pennzoil. However, I will always be a fan of AJ's and will follow his racing career whether it is in NASCAR or another seriers.

    AJ I hope you find the strength, courage, determination and tenacity to complete the Road to Recovery program, get reinstated and get a ride where you can prove all the nay sayers wrong! Your true fans are supporting you and wishing you all the best.

    Carlson Family

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  81. i will start watching nascar AGAIN when they put AJ back on track. I would watch or go to every race and this had been happening since Daytona '79. Well if AJ goes to race in another series and my race dollars will follow him. Thanks NASCAR for ruining a race family of 6 that will not spend our money at any event that u sponsor not even local tracks.AJ wish you well from a fan.NASCAR'S DRUG POLICY REALLY SUCKS AND GROW A BRAIN BEFORE YOU RUN ALL YOUR FANS TO INDY CAR OR TO BMX RACING andi take drug test for evey job and we dont have fails at nano gram but a nanogram will cost you a lot of real fans. P.S. hey brian why dont you take your f@#$ing drug test and list all your banned substances and if you fail it you should be remove from the sport permantally. sincerly JCR GREENVILLE SC

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