Update No. 3: Penske response: "NASCAR notified Penske Racing this afternoon that AJ Allmendinger was administered a drug test earlier this week, and those results tested positive. NASCAR has a strict drug testing program that Penske Racing fully supports. Penske Racing will work with NASCAR through this process and its next steps. Sam Hornish Jr., will drive the No. 22 car in tonight's Coke Zero 400."
Update No. 2: "Driver A.J. Allmendinger has been temporarily suspended from NASCAR competition based upon notification of a positive “A” test NASCAR received from the Medical Review Officer as stated in Section 19-11B (6,7) of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy. Pursuant to the rule book, Allmendinger has the oppurtunity to request within the next 72 hours that his “B” sample be tested.”
UPDATE: A.J. Allmendinger has been replaced with Sam Hornish Jr. Suspected failed drug test. More in a few moments.
I love the
Firecracker 400 ... um ... the Pepsi 400 ... no, make that the Daytona 400 ... no wait, THE COKE ZERO 400 POWERED BY COCA-COLA! Ha, got it!
All kidding aside, I just love this race regardless of who the sponsor is although I still wish they called it The Firecracker 400. They could call it The Firecracker 400 powered by Coke Zero, a product of Coca-Cola engineering ... or something like that anyway.
So who do you think is going to win tonight? Yep, I agree with you. I think that is a good choice.
The reason I agree with you is because this race, like all restrictor plate races, is a crap shoot - anyone can win. I mean look at what happened last night in the Nationwide race, Kurt Busch won in an unsponsored, underfunded, half-wrecked car.
And to add to the drama, Kevin Harvick may have to leave because his expectant wife, Delana, has returned home to N.C. for 'precautionary reasons'. Austin Dillon was originally selected to be Kevin's back-up driver, but NASCAR didn't approve because he is still classed as a Rookie. Kenny Wallace is now Kevin's back-up driver.
Wouldn't it be cool if Harv won and then flew home just in time to welcome his new baby into the world? I'd like that.
Starting line-up after the jump. See you in the comments.
|2||39||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||Aspen Dental||192.353||46.789||-0.008|
|5||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Pepsi Max||192.061||46.860||-0.079|
|8||22||AJ Allmendinger||Dodge||Shell / Pennzoil||191.894||46.901||-0.120|
|9||2||Brad Keselowski||Dodge||Miller Lite||191.857||46.910||-0.129|
|11||29||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Budweiser Folds of Honor||191.799||46.924||-0.143|
|13||27||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Quaker State / Menards||191.681||46.953||-0.172|
|15||21||Trevor Bayne||Ford||Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center||191.497||46.998||-0.217|
|17||43||Aric Almirola||Ford||U.S. Air Force||191.270||47.054||-0.273|
|18||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||NAPA Batteries||191.245||47.060||-0.279|
|19||20||Joey Logano||Toyota||Dollar General||191.229||47.064||-0.283|
|21||98||Mike Bliss||Ford||Phil Parsons Racing||190.986||47.124||-0.343|
|22||18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Interstate Batteries||190.945||47.134||-0.353|
|23||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Office||190.921||47.140||-0.359|
|24||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||National Guard 'An American Salute' / Diet Mountain Dew||190.848||47.158||-0.377|
|25||78||Regan Smith||Chevrolet||Furniture Row / Farm American||190.718||47.190||-0.409|
|26||30||David Stremme||Toyota||Stock Car Steel and Aluminum||190.666||47.203||-0.422|
|27||34||David Ragan||Ford||MHP / 8 Hour Alert||190.617||47.215||-0.434|
|28||55||Michael Waltrip||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||190.597||47.220||-0.439|
|29||15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||5-hour Energy||190.557||47.230||-0.449|
|30||1||Jamie McMurray||Chevrolet||Bass Pro Shops / NRA Museum||190.553||47.231||-0.450|
|31||26||Josh Wise*||Ford||MDS Transport||190.174||47.325||-0.544|
|32||38||David Gilliland||Ford||Glory Foods||190.134||47.335||-0.554|
|33||36||Dave Blaney||Chevrolet||Golden Corral||190.118||47.339||-0.558|
|34||32||Terry Labonte||Ford||C&J Energy||190.046||47.357||-0.576|
|35||51||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Phoenix Construction Services||189.994||47.370||-0.589|
|36||87||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves||189.673||47.450||-0.669|
|37||33||Stephen Leicht*||Chevrolet||Little Joes
|38||83||Landon Cassill||Toyota||Burger King / Dr Pepper||188.683||47.699||-0.918|
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|40||93||Travis Kvapil||Toyota||Burger King||187.939||47.888||-1.107|
|42||14||Tony Stewart||Chevrolet||Mobil 1||-||-||-|
|43||249||J.J. Yeley||Toyota||Jay Robinson Inc.||187.021||48.123||-1.342|
|Did Not Qualify|
|44||23||Robert Richardson Jr.||Toyota||North Texas Pipe||186.834||48.171||-1.390|
* Denotes Rookie