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>>NASCAR Suspends Allmendinger Indefinitely

(Charlotte, NC)  --  NASCAR has suspended Sprint Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger indefinitely after a "B" sample urine test came back positive.  The test backed up the original violation of NASCAR's substance-abuse policy.  Allmendinger has claimed that he did not knowingly take a banned substance.  NASCAR would not identify exactly what Allmendinger tested positive for.  Sam Hornish Jr. will take over in the number-22 Penske Racing Dodge this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Hornish Jr. is expected to have the seat for the remainder of the season.

>>Crew Chief Changes For Smith, Labonte

(Charlotte, NC)  --  Furniture Row Racing and JTG Daugherty Racing have announced a crew chief change for their single-car teams in the Sprint Cup Series, beginning with this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Veteran crew chief Todd Berrier has left Bobby Labonte's number-47 team at JTG Daugherty and moved over to Furniture Row where he will replace Pete Rondeau in the role at Regan Smith's number-78 team.

Berrier was also the general manager at JTG Daugherty, but the team has hired former Stewart-Haas Racing competition director Bobby Hutchens to take over that position.  David Hyder will be the interim crew chief for Labonte at Indianapolis.  Berrier had served as Kevin Harvick's crew chief at Richard Childress Racing for 11 years.

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