|10/30/09 10:26PM||AJ Allmendinger, NASCAR|
Allmendinger given breath test before practice
A.J. Allmendinger was required to take a breath test before Friday's practice at Talladega following his arrest on a drunken driving charge.
Allmendinger was arrested by Mooresville, N.C., police early Thursday morning. He was placed on probation by NASCAR through the end of the season and said he had no problem when series officials asked him to take the test.
"I know what I've done," Allmendinger said. "I respect the punishment and everything that I have to do to gain the trust back of NASCAR and everybody that's out there racing with me. It's not the best feeling in the world, but at the same point I respect that I have to go do it."
On Friday, Richard Petty Motorsports fined Allmendinger $10,000, which will be donated to charity. The team also put him on probation through the end of next season.
Allmendinger said he hasn't spoken to Petty since the incident. The seven-time NASCAR champion -- who shunned alcohol sponsorship during his career -- released a statement on Thursday saying he was "disappointed" in Allmendinger's actions.
Allmendinger enters Sunday's race 25th in points and is considered part of RPM's long-term plans. Team officials told The Associated Press that Allmendinger was going to be moved into Petty's famed No. 43 next season. Best Buy is expected to sponsor the car. Allmendinger said he's optimistic the incident won't mar his future prospects.
"Hopefully, I can go out there and show people that I can learn from it and people do get second chances," he said.