Found October 11, 2012 on
A.J. Allmendinger will assume the seat of the No. 51 car of Phoenix Racing for Saturday nights NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Allmendinger had been without a ride since he was released from his contract with Penske Racing following a positive test under NASCAR’s random drug testing.The seat of the No. 51 had been occupied by Kurt Busch this season but he recently signed with Furniture Row Racing to drive the No. 78 car. Regan Smith was to drive the No. 51 car this weekend but he instead will drive the No. 88 of Dale Earnhardt Jr who will miss the next two races as a result of a concussion sustained at Talladega.Last week Allmendinger spoke at Talladega and mentioned that he had talked to James Finch, owner of Phoenix Racing, but described the talk as “short.”

Phoenix Racing has Allmendinger and a smiley face car at Charlotte

The No. 51 car will be driven by AJ Allmendinger this weekend. Allmendinger will compete in Saturday nights race from Charlotte Motor Speedway, his first race since Kentucky.While he completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery nearly a month ago the former Penske Racing driver did not have a ride anymore. An opportunity came together rather quickly that will allow Allmendinger to race...
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