Allmendinger could be back racing in NASCAR before seasons end

AJ Allmendinger was in his first year with Penske Racing when he was suspended. (Getty Images)

Recently reinstated driver AJ Allmendinger could be behind the wheel of the No. 51 Chevy for Phoenix Racing within the next two weeks.

Phoenix Racing owner James Finch confirmed Thursday that current driver Kurt Busch, who recently signed with Furniture Row racing for next season, will leave the team after the Talladega race on October 7.  Busch was in contention to win at the spring race at Talladega and the team wants one more shot before separating with Busch.

Finch confirmed talks with representatives for AJ Allmendinger who was recently reinstated by NASCAR after a passing their Road to Recovery program. Allmendinger tested positive for a banned substance in July and immediately opted to join the program.  Shortly after he tested positive, Allmendinger was released by Penske Racing where he had a one year deal. MORE>>>

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