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The Lugnut Report: A.J. Allmendinger Wrecks Late In Pepsi 500

One year ago at this time, AJ Allmendinger was searching for a ride for 2009. After not getting resigned by Red Bull Racing, Allmendinger's career was at a turning point. In late December of 2008, it was announced that Allmendinger would take over Elliott Sadler's ride in 2009. The deal quickly fell through when Sadler threatened to take the newly merged Richard Petty Motorsports to court over his contract. With limited sponsors for the year, Allmendinger signed a deal late in the offseason and drove the No. 44 in the Daytona 500. With the organization struggling to find sponsors for his car, Allmendinger let his talent do the selling. In a deal that what was suppose to end early in the year when the sponsorship ended, Allmendinger is ...

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