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>>Allmendinger Requests Second Drug Test

(Charlotte, NC)  --  Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger is petitioning NASCAR to test his "B" sample after being placed on "temporary suspension" for recently violating the substance abuse policy.  The 30-year-old driver failed his initial drug test for a June race at the Kentucky Speedway.  If Allmendinger's "B" sample comes back positive, NASCAR will then place Allmendinger on indefinite suspension, meaning he will have to successfully complete a drug treatment program before he can be reinstated.  Allmendinger is in his first year as driver of the number-22 Dodge for Penske Racing.  He replaced Kurt Busch in the car following the 2012 Sprint Cup season.

Allmendinger is the second Sprint Cup driver to be suspended since NASCAR revised its drug policy prior to the start of the 2009 season.  Jeremy Mayfield failed a drug test in May 2009 and has not competed in a NASCAR event since.

>>Patrick Completes 10-Race Schedule For 2012

(Charlotte, NC)  --  Danica Patrick says that Kansas Speedway will complete her 10-race Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2012.  Patrick, a former IndyCar competitor, is driving the number-10 Chevrolet, with GoDaddy.com as her team's primary sponsor, for Tommy Baldwin Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR's premier series this year.  The 30-year-old driver is also running a full-time Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports this year.

Patrick is quite familiar with the 1.5-mile Kansas racetrack.  She scored her first career IndyCar pole there in July 2005 and her lone Nationwide Series race at this track came last October when she started and finished 15th.  The Sprint Cup race at Kansas is scheduled for October 21st.  Patrick is hoping to run a full-time Sprint Cup schedule in 2013.

>>Stewart Docked After Rules Violation

(Daytona Beach, FL)  --  Defending Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart was docked six points by NASCAR on Tuesday for rules violations that occurred this weekend at Daytona.  Stewart's number-14 Chevrolet was issued a penalty for an unapproved open vent hose that was found during post-qualifying inspection.  Stewart's crew chief, Steve Addington, was fined $25-thousand and placed on probation until August 22nd.  Stewart won last Saturday night's 400-mile Sprint Cup race at Daytona after starting 42nd.

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