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By now you've probably heard about A.J. Allmendinger and his failed drug test. While we should really await the results of Dinger's B test to jump to any serious conclusions, NASCAR has banned A.J. until the B test results are in.
While this is of course bad news for A.J. Allmendinger, Sam Hornish Jr. has been given an opportunity that few Nationwide drivers would receive.
Hornish Jr. will once again race in Allmendinger's place this season at New Hampshire.
While Hornish was also given the opportunity to race in No. 22 car at the Coke Zero 400 last week, he ended up blowing a tire that would end his day early and have him finish in the No. 33 spot.
It is different, though, this time for Hornish. He was flown in last minute to drive the No. 22 at the Coke Zero 400. Now that he will be in New Hampshire for the Nationwide race, Hornish will also get to practice in the No. 22 car, something he missed out on at Daytona.
Hornish now needs to take full advantage of this chance given to him when NASCAR moves into New Hampshire.
Allmendinger was a mediocre driver at best. If Hornish Jr. manages to have a solid run at New Hampshire, we would more than likely end up seeing him race in the No. 22 for as long as Allmendinger is suspended.
Going one step even further, if Penske ever decided to drop A.J. Allmendinger, they could always look to Hornish as his replacement.
That is if he proves to be a solid driver.
All eyes will be on Hornish this weekend, as we watch to see if the Nationwide driver can take full advantage of this opportunity.
If Hornish wants to prove he can race in the Sprint Cup series, New Hampshire would be the place to start.