Almost two months ago, Penske Racing released driver AJ
    Allmendinger from his duties at the helm of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge
    Charger after testing positive for a substance banned by NASCAR under their
    substance abuse/drug testing policy. 
    Allmendinger insisted that he took a pill one night from a friend of a
    friend that allegedly contained some amphetamine not allowed by the sanctioning
    body and for failing a pair of drug tests, Allmendinger was indefinitely banned
    from the sport.

    Less than two months after he was officially release from
    his position with Team Penske, AJ Allmendinger has been reinstated after
    successfully completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.  However, he is still without a ride in the
    NASCAR Sprint Cup ranks and as the big league racing series is 1 event into its
    12 race “Chase for the Cup” championship shootout – it is unlikely that
    Allmendinger will be piloting a Dodge stock car before the end of the year.

    Penske Racing will move to Ford next year as the Chrysler
    Group officially removes itself from factory backing of any the NASCAR Sprint
    Cup, Nationwide Series or Camping World Truck Series events.  This means that Dodge fans will likely not
    have a chance to root for AJ Allmendinger behind the wheel of a Dodge stock car
    but for those faithful Dodge fans who were disappointed to hear about AJ’s
    failed drug test – he has acted quickly according to NASCAR’s wishes and has
    jumped through the necessary hoops to gain reentry.

    The bigger test for Allmendinger will be moving forward, as
    he will certainly be a target for future drug testing procedures.  The last NASCAR driver to fail a drug test,
    be suspended, and return to the sport was Jeremy Mayfield.  Mayfield failed a second drug test shortly
    after being reinstated and for that, he received a lifetime ban.  Hopefully Allmendinger has learned a valuable
    lesson from this whole mess.