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When it came to NASCAR”s substance abuse policy and history of enforcement, there was one case that really came to mind.
Jeremy Mayfield is his name. Mayfield thought he could fight NASCAR after he was kicked out of his ride in 2009 but lost and hasn’t been back to a NASCAR sanctioned track since.
The substance abuse policy hasn’t just effected the Sprint Cup series. Shane Hmiel and Aaron Fike have suffered similiar issues.
When NASCAR announced prior to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July that AJ Allmedinger had failed a drug test and was being placed on suspension, I was more than shocked.
Two weeks later Allmendinger lost his ride at Penske Racing, but never for the penalty from NASCAR.
On Tuesday, NASCAR announced that Allmendinger was reinstated after successfully completing the NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program.
“I want to thank everyone for their support through this entire process,” Allmendinger said in a statement. “I appreciate that NASCAR created the the Road to Recovery program, and am grateful for the opportunity to return to competition.”
With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series nearing it’s final nine races, there is no way fans will see him behind the wheel the rest of the season. He has been however invited to take part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January and Roger Penske has considering putting him in one of his open wheel rides.
The fact that “The Dinger” has he is often referred by can return two months after he was suspended is a telling sign for the first rule of anyone suffering from any type of addiction. You definitely can’t fix the problem if you don’t seek the help first.
A.J. Allmendinger deserves all the credit in the world for getting himself back on the track personally and professionally.
And judging from the support he’s received on social media since the announcement of his reinstatement, Allmendinger will be welcomed back with open arms, wherever he ends up.