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Roger Penske Makes Tough but Fair Call in Releasing A.J. Allmendinger

Roger Penske was forced to make a call every NASCAR team owner dreads having to make. Following the indefinite suspension of Penske Racing driver A.J. Allmendinger for a failed drug test, the team owner parted ways with the Los Gatos, California native on Wednesday. Allmendinger's tenure at Penske Racing began with such promise. Having improved his position in the final NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings every year while driving for second-tier teams Red Bull Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports, it seemed as though Allmendinger was primed to make a run at the Chase in 2012, his first season driving the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. But this year was abysmal from the start. Allmendinger earned just one top 10 finish in the first 15 races, al...

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