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We may never know Dinger’s true tale

Thursday, Aug. 09, 2012

Will we ever know what really happened to suspended Sprint Cup Series driver A.J. Allmendinger?

Given the events of the last month, it’s not likely.

This week, Allmendinger talked to ESPN and a couple of other media outlets and offered the newest version of what transpired before be failed a NASCAR random drug test on June 29 at Kentucky Speedway.

In several interviews, Allmendinger said in the days leading up to that race he took a pill offered from “a friend of a friend,” and was told it was a workout supplement that would give him energy. He said he never used it previously. He said it turned out to be Adderall, an amphetamine used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder for which he doesn’t have a prescription.

Allmendinger is enrolled in NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program, which must be completed before he can get his NASCAR license back or compete in any of its series.

There is no reason to doubt Allmendinger’s newest version, but there is no new evidence to support it, either.

For weeks, NASCAR media were inundated with press releases from Allmendinger and his business agent, Tara Ragan, pushing Allmendinger’s innocence. We were told of extensive searches involving his motorhome and personal effects to find the source of the mysterious stimulant, as it was first described. Later, Ragan said the drug found in Allmendinger’s test was an amphetamine.

Now we learn Allmendinger took an unknown pill, apparently without any concern for the effects or where it came from.

If the latest version is correct, it means previous interviews done by Allmendinger’s business agent were simply cover stories, unless she, too, wasn’t privy to the “truth.”

Now, we are told, we have the truth.

But do we?


Vickers returns to No. 55 at the Glen: This weekend, Brian Vickers makes his fifth start in the No. 55 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing. He owns two top-five finishes and has completed every lap in the four races he’s run in 2012 for the team.

Vickers is driving the No. 55 in eight races this season, sharing driving duties with Michael Waltrip and Mark Martin.

“After our fourth-place finish at Sonoma I am really happy to get back in the car at a road course,” Vickers said. “With Watkins Glen’s high speeds, big breaking zones and good places to pass – I’m fairly confident it will be a good showing for us.”

NASCAR penalizes Annett’s team: NASCAR this week fined Philippe Lopez, crew chief for Nationwide Series driver Michael Annett, $10,000 and docked Annett six driver points after his car failed to meet the minimum height requirement following last weekend’s race at Iowa.

In addition, Lopez and car chief Michael Wright will remain on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31.

Dover announces races dates for 2013: Dover International Speedway officials have announced its 2013 NASCAR weekend race dates. Two tripleheaders of racing action will take place at the track on May 31-June 2 and Sept. 27-29, 2013. The first weekend will include Cup, Nationwide and Truck races. The second weekend will feature Cup, Nationwide and K&N Pro East races.

BK Racing makes driver change: Brad Keselowski Racing and driver Parker Kligerman have elected to part ways and team owner Keselowski will drive the No. 29 Ram in the next Truck Series race, Aug. 18 at Michigan. Additional drivers for the team will be announced later.

Next race

Finger Lakes 335 at the Glen

Where: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International

When: 1 p.m. Sunday


Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Marcos Ambrose