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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Has Penske Set AJ Allmendinger Up to Fail?

AJ Allmendinger's 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season started off with such promise. After winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona Grand Am race, Allmendinger was set to begin the 2012 Sprint Cup campaign in what could only be described as the opportunity of a lifetime. Allmendinger signed up with the top-tier Penske Racing organization after spending three seasons at the lower-tier Richard Petty Motorsports organization. He was tabbed to drive the No. 22 Dodge that Kurt Busch took to the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup before being let go from the organization at season's end. But 12 races into the 2012 Sprint Cup season, which include back-to-back 33rd-place efforts for the No. 22 team, Allmendinger's season can be summed up in one word: disappointing. A...

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