allmendinger took a pill because he was tired

AJ Allmendinger told ESPN’s Marty Smith that he tested positive for Adderall, a prescription drug for the treatment of ADHD. AJ doesn’t have ADHD, and apparently he told a friend he was tired and the friend gave him a pill that he said was a workout supplement. Right.

All of the NASCAR driver/drug policy implications aside, this just shows you how people’s minds work differently. The obvious choice/response to you and me might be totally different than the obvious choice/response to someone else.

But here are a few versions of how it would go down for me:

Me: I’m tired. I need more energy!
Friend: Here’s a pill that gives you energy.
Me: What is it?
Friend: It’s a workout supplement.
Me: Nah, I’m just tired. I’ll take a nap. And then I’m going to examine the things that might be making me tired and try to not do those things.

Me: I’m tired.
Friend: Here’s a pill.
Me: Nah, I’ll just drink 5-Hour Energy, even though they don’t sponsor me.

Me: I’m tired.
Friend: Take a nap.

You could say that it’s easy for me to sit here and say that he should of just taken a nap since I wasn’t in his exact situation, but I don’t know, I’m sticking with my argument. I’m tired right now. I went to bed last night after midnight. Maybe I shouldn’t go to sleep that late, since I have to get up at 6:30 in the morning?? Right. Especially since I’ve been sick for the past 5 days.

Anyway, I can’t seem to think of an instance where taking a pill because you’re tired, and you wanted to not be tired, would be necessary.


  1. @Caligirl88
    August 7, 2012 at 11:53 AM ·

    Right?? Who takes a random pill someone gives you? Especially since he has been so insistent that he is really healthy and never takes unauthorized supplements.
    Lesson learned hopefully!!

  2. Kim
    August 8, 2012 at 12:09 PM ·

    Let’s take this one step further: it wasn’t even a FRIEND, it was a FRIEND OF A FRIEND who gave it to him.

    Also – this is the 21st century. Jeremy Mayfield had a well publicized issue with a drug test positive for…wait for it….AMPHETAMINES!

    NOW…are you telling me AJ Allmendinger did not know (a) what an amphetamine was and that (b) it was BAD to have it found in your drug screen?

    Either he is (a) very naive or (b) very disingenuous, also known as dancing around the truth, also known as l-y-i-n-g.

    Also – is it prudent to be talking about how stressed you’ve been by your NASCAR career? Seriously? If you can’t handle the heat, do you want the entire NASCAR hiring world to know that?

    I can see making a dumb error in judgement. Hello, no one is perfect. But this isn’t AJ’s first dumb error in judgement, and there is something about this that isn’t quite ringing kosher.

    Sometimes people that are trying to cover something up say too much, they keep on talking, give way too much information….