A.J Allmendinger Gets Another Opportunity Heading Into Kansas

By Christy Valdez

Upon making his return to NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500, A.J. Allmendinger will get another opportunity to race.

After missing months of competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Allmendinger made his NASCAR return with Phoenix Racing in the No.51 car at Charlotte. Allmendinger will be able to continue his come back as he will return to the No.51 Chevrolet at Kansas Speedway, according to ESPN.

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series left Talladega Superspeedway, a turn of events led to an opportunity for the once suspended driver to make his way back to the track. Prior to the race weekend at Charlotte, Regan Smith had been named as the driver for the No.51 car as Kurt Busch left Phoenix Racing to join Furniture Row Racing. After Talladega, Smith was later named the driver to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No.88 car after he suffered a concussion.

The events following the Earnhardt announcement, Allmendinger made his come back, and in his first race back following a failed substance abuse test and a suspension, Allmendinger finished 24th at the Bank of America 500.

According to ESPN, Phoenix Racing was pleased with Allmendinger’s performance at the race and has called him back for Kansas.

Despite missing most of the races prior to the chase, Allmendinger was given a second chance, something that most drivers don’t get the opportunity to see. The opportunity for Allmendinger to make his return came at a perfect timing considering he had just completed his time in the NASCAR Road to Recovery program. What ended up being bad news for Earnhardt was good news for Allmendinger.

With Earnhardt sitting out for a second race, Allmendinger gets his second. Following Kansas Phoenix Racing will have to decide whom they will continue forward with. As Smith was scheduled to race prior to Allmendinger, it would be right for them to still give him the opportunity. After Smith is given his chance then the team should make the decision of how it plans to move forward.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy

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