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Sprint Cup points leader Matt Kenseth also supported the system being used but said he was withholding judgment on Allmendinger until the “B” sample results are known.

“They did a lot of things when they put that system in place to make it as fair as they can,” he said. “I believe that NASCAR is going to err on the side of caution. I think they’re going to be pretty darn careful before they do something that could really jeopardize somebody’s career .So I’d have a hard time believing that it’s not pretty rock solid or I don’t think NASCAR would have reacted liked that.”

Sam Hornish Jr., replaced Allmendinger in the Daytona race and will drive again on Sunday.

“It’s an unfortunate situation for everybody here because it just takes away from the program as a whole because everybody is focused on something that is not productive for us,” he said.

Several drivers had questions.

Why did NASCAR wait until just before a race to suspend a driver for a test taken nearly a week earlier?

“I don’t necessarily understand 100 percent the timing of why that takes so long,” Kevin Harvick said. “It seemed like an odd situation to be right before the race.”

And just what is the banned substance found in Allmendinger’s “A” sample?

“We’ve got to wait to hear more results. I hope we get a full story,” Jeff Gordon said. “You certainly like to know what it is … what could have caused it.”

NASCAR’s drug policy defines a stimulant as “amphetamine, methamphetamine, Ecstasy (MDMA), Eve (MDEA), MDA, PMA, Phentermine, and other amphetamine derivatives and related compounds.”

Drivers usually are careful about making sure supplements, prescription medicines or anything else they ingest do not contain items banned by NASCAR.

“Prior to taking any supplements I’ve worked out the list (of items) that I wanted to take, submitted it, and four or five days later I heard back that everything’s approved,” Jimmie Johnson said.

He hasn’t followed Allmendinger’s situation extremely closely.

“I guess when you’re not in question, you just go about your day and don’t worry about it,” Johnson said, “but we’re all paying attention a lot now and wondering.”