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NASCAR: Is A.J. Allmendinger Chase-Worthy for Penske Racing?

A.J. Allmendinger has been the victim of a tumultuous five years since he left open-wheel racing to pursue NASCAR.His stints with Red Bull Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports proved to be less than gratifying, but he appears to have hit the jackpot with Penske Racing. At the end of the 2011 season, the sponsor for the No. 43 driven by Allmendinger, Best Buy, jumped ship for the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford driven by Matt Kenseth. The future looked less than secure for the driver known as the "Dinger" and one of the "silly season" predictions was that Kurt Busch would become the driver of the No. 43 after his departure from Penske Racing. Allmendinger drove full time in the Sprint Cup Series for the last three years and though he didn't ...

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