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NASCAR Notes: Patrick finalizes schedule, Allmendinger speaks out

Patrick add Kansas Speedway to Sprint Cup schedule
Danica Patrick will race her 10th and final Sprint Cup Series event on Oct. 21 at Kansas Speedway.

Patrick is driving a 10-race schedule this season, but the final event was not announced until Tuesday.

Kansas was selected for Patrick because it will be open for an additional day of practice due to its recent repave.

Patrick made her Sprint Cup debut in February at the Daytona 500. In addition to Kansas, she still has races remaining this season at Bristol, Atlanta, Chicago, Dover, Texas and Phoenix.

Patrick raced at Kansas in the IndyCar Series. She won her first career pole there in 2005, and qualified third or better in three of her six starts at Kansas. She also had three top-10 finishes there in IndyCar.

Allmendinger denies knowingly taking banned drug
AJ Allmendinger says he would never knowingly take a prohibited drug.

Allmendinger issued a statement Tuesday, his first since he was suspended by NASCAR for failing a random drug test. Allmendinger was informed of his suspension hours before Saturday night's race at Daytona.

The 30-year-old driver says he has requested his "B'' urine sample be tested, and he hopes the situation can be resolved with NASCAR as quickly as possible.

NASCAR does not disclose what substance was found in a failed drug test. Allmendinger and Penske Racing have not revealed details, either.

Allmendinger apologized for the distraction he has caused Penske Racing, his sponsors and fans.

Sam Hornish Jr. will replace Allmendinger in the No. 22 Dodge this weekend at New Hampshire.

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