Penske stands behind suspended driver Allmendinger



LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Team owner Roger Penske says driver AJ Allmendinger will be back for the next Sprint Cup race if he is reinstated by NASCAR.

Allmendinger was suspended about 90 minutes before the race at Daytona International Speedway last weekend after a urine sample taken the previous weekend at Kentucky Speedway came back positive for what his team identified only as a stimulant.

Penske said Sunday he’s standing behind Allmendinger. He spoke in the infield at New Hampshire Motor Speedway before the 300-mile race at the one-mile oval.

Allmendinger’s “A'” sample tested positive and a “B” sample is to be tested with his toxicologist present. Penske said he hopes to know something about the results within 10 days.