AJ Allmendinger back in NASCAR action at Phoenix

RIDGEWAY, VA - OCTOBER 26:  AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia.  (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)

RIDGEWAY, VA – OCTOBER 26: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 26, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)

AJ Allmendinger will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series this weekend in the Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. Allmendinger will be behind the wheel of the No. 51 Guy Roofing Chevrolet in his fifth Sprint Cup Series start with Phoenix Racing, the team announced Tuesday.

Allmendinger’s last start was last November at Texas Motor Speedway with Phoenix Racing. The start was his fourth for the team after his was reinstated by NASCAR following a positive test for a banned substance in July last year. Allmendinger completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program and was reinstated in October. The former open wheel driver recently tested an IndyCar series machine with his former Penske Racing team.

“This will be good. It’s been a few months since I’ve been in a stock car. I haven’t been in one of the Gen 6 cars yet, so I think it will take a little time to get acclimated to it,” Allmendinger said. “Phoenix International Raceway is a great place for me to get back behind the wheel. I’ve always enjoyed the race track. It will definitely feel different, but I’ll be ready to go.” MORE>>>

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