Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Renee Metzgar was familiar with the name of AJ Allmendinger for years, but became an avid fan in March. It was then that her nephew choose Allmendinger to take her on a parade lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway prior to May’s race. When she first heard thew news of A.J.’s failed drug test she went online. Was she hoping for more information? Or maybe some support from other fans. There Mark Farrell was doing his “normal Dinger tweeting and texting about how he was gonna take the trophy home” and suddenly his reasons to watch the Coke Zero 400 were gone. “It felt like a blow to the head” says the New Jersey resident. Allmendinger had tested positive for a banned substance. Sam Hornish was flown in to drive the #22 car normally driven by AJ. Renee’s gut reaction was also one of shock. It did not fit with anything she knew of AJ. She had spent weeks researching the driver prior to meeting him at Charlotte. In that meeting with Allmendinger she was calmed because the 30 year-old b...
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