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NASCAR Sprint Cup: Where Do A.J. Allmendinger, Penske Racing Go from Here?

What a long, strange trip the 2012 NASCAR season has been for A.J. Allmendinger. That saga finally came to an end on Wednesday, when Penske Racing finally released Allmendinger nearly a month after a failed drug test removed him from his No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge.Allmendinger's career at Penske ends with three top-10 finishes in 17 starts, including a career-best second-place finish at Martinsville in April, and one admission into NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. Granted, the alliance likely would have ended at the conclusion of this season anyway, when Allmendinger's one-year contract expired.Unlike former driver Kurt Busch, who made it into last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup only to be fired after a string of erratic behavior, ...

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