By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service, as distributed by The Sports Xchange
LOUDON, N.H. -- Tara Ragan, business manager for suspended driver AJ Allmendinger, debunked published reports that Walldinger Racing plans to bring an attorney to the testing of Allmendinger's "B" sample, the next step in the procedure under NASCAR's substance abuse program.
As set forth in NASCAR's rule book, Allmendinger may attend the "B" sample test at Aegis Sciences Corporation in Nashville, Tenn., or send a qualified toxicologist to represent him.
Allmendinger was suspended Saturday before that night's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona because the "A" sample from a urine test collected June 29 at Kentucky Speedway tested positive for what Ragan termed in a subsequent statement "a stimulant" in an amount that was "slightly above the threshold."
Ragan's statement also included the assertion that Allmendinger had never knowingly taken a prohibited substance and indicated he was requesting a test of the "B" sample, which was collected at the same time as the "A" sample.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that "Allmendinger wants his own toxicologist and attorney present," citing sources familiar with the case. Noting that the language in the NASCAR rule book restricts attendance at the "B" sample test to the member (Allmendinger, in this case) or a qualified toxicologist, Ragan said Friday morning that Walldinger Racing intended to follow the rules as stated.
Ragan said she took the passage in Section 19-11 B (2) of the rule book literally: "The NASCAR member may be present (either personally or represented by a qualified toxicologist not associated with Aegis) during the second test at his/her expense . . ."
Ragan said Allmendinger has not been informed of a "B" sample test date, next week or otherwise.
It may be difficult to think of everything, but Kevin Harvick is making a run at it.
By the time wife DeLana Harvick gave birth to their first child on Sunday, the Harvicks already had done considerable advance work. Keelan Harvick may the youngest person to have a domain name and Twitter handle registered in his name.
"Keelan has his own everything," Harvick explained, "because I didn't want some crazy-ass fan getting hold of his Twitter name or his web site. So he has everything that you could imagine, top to bottom, just as more of a personal security peace of mind than anything."
IRON MAN JOHNSON
Jimmie Johnson's Coke Zero 400 ended early, with a sharp thud, as his No. 48 Chevrolet nosed into the SAFER barrier inside Turn 4 on Lap 123 of 160. It was a violent collision, but the impact didn't inflict as much pain as what Johnson did the following day.
After Saturday's race, the five-time Sprint Cup champion flew to Charleston, S.C., to compete in a Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series race at James Island County Park on Sunday morning. Johnson completed the event, consisting of a 600-yard freshwater swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a five-kilometer run, in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 57 seconds, good for 46th overall.
Johnson recruited a group of 20 competitors, including most of his over-the-wall crew, who flew home after the Cup race and traveled through the night to Charleston by motor home.
"They literally pulled up in the parking lot 30 minutes prior to the start," Johnson said.
Johnson had trouble with the run portion of the triathlon, usually his strong suit. Fellow Cup driver Kasey Kahne finished the event 20 sections ahead of his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.
"That's the one I lost bragging rights to," Johnson said. "He had an amazing run. His swim and bike time was strong, but his run was where it was at. But I did beat everybody else; and, believe me, I've been wearing them all out over it."