Report: AJ Allmendinger out, Kurt Busch in at RPM

A.J. Allmendinger drives the #43 AdvoCare Ford during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 29, 2011 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

 

If the reports coming out of NASCAR are true, Kurt Busch didn’t have to wait long for a ride for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Busch, who split from Penske Racing last week, is being considered by Richard Petty Motorsports to replace A.J. Allmendinger in the No.43 Ford, according to Dave Moody with Sirius XM Radio.  In an effort to keep Best Buy on the car for 2012, RPM has proposed replacing Allmendinger with the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion.

Robbie Loomis, the chief operating officer at RMP, told Moody that the discussions have been held about whether to bring Busch on board with the team.

Loomis went on to tell Dave Moody, “I would mortgage my house to make Kurt a part of this team. We value what he has done on the race track. He has won a (Sprint Cup) championship and worked for a first-class operation like Penske Racing. Guys like that don’t come along every day.”

Allmendinger had a solid season for RPM, finishing 15th in points. His best finish was a fifth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in late May.

It wasn’t clear whether RPM would remove Allmendinger from its lineup entirely or if it would make room for him in a third car.

“Best Buy has been a great partner for a long time, and A.J. Allmendinger has done a fantastic job for us,” said Loomis, who won a Cup championship as crew chief for Jeff Gordon in 2001. “He’s coming off his best season yet, but I can tell you there is a lot of interest on our part in having Kurt Busch in the fold. It makes sense to have Kurt with our team, if we can make it work.”

On a related note, crew chief Greg Erwin has re-signed with RPM. Erwin joined the No. 43 team prior to the Brickyard 400 in July.

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Topics: AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Richard Petty Motorsports

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  • sportygirl1222

    Your headline is very misleading. At the very least it should be followed with a question mark. The headline states AJ is out, but the story states “It wasn’t clear whether RPM would remove Allmendinger from its lineup entirely or if it would make room for him in a third car.”

    You also say Kurt is in, but that is not supported in the story. This is sloppy writing/reporting at best; deliberately misleading headline at worst. I hope it’s the former.

  • JustinHargraves

    If you would actually read the article the first line says “If the reports coming out of NASCAR are true, Kurt Busch didn’t have to wait long for a ride for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season”. How is that misleading? go talk trash somewhere else, there is nothing wrong with this article.

  • JustinHargraves

    @sportygirl1222 If you would actually read the article the first line says “If the reports coming out of NASCAR are true, Kurt Busch didn’t have to wait long for a ride for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season”. How is that misleading? go talk trash somewhere else, there is nothing wrong with this article.

  • JustinHargraves

    Despite the rude comment, this is a very nice and informative article Krissy. It is my gut feeling that AJ will be out of a ride and Kurt will be in the 43… guess we’ll have to wait and see. It’s definitely been an active off-season thus far.

  • sportygirl1222

    Your headline is very misleading. At the very least it should be followed with a question mark. The headline states AJ is out, but the story states “It wasn’t clear whether RPM would remove Allmendinger from its lineup entirely or if it would make room for him in a third car.”

    You also say Kurt is in, but that is not supported in the story. This is sloppy writing/reporting at best; deliberately misleading headline at worst. I hope it’s the former.

  • JustinHargraves

    If you would actually read the article the first line says “If the reports coming out of NASCAR are true, Kurt Busch didn’t have to wait long for a ride for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season”. How is that misleading? go talk trash somewhere else, there is nothing wrong with this article.

  • JustinHargraves

    @sportygirl1222 If you would actually read the article the first line says “If the reports coming out of NASCAR are true, Kurt Busch didn’t have to wait long for a ride for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season”. How is that misleading? go talk trash somewhere else, there is nothing wrong with this article.

  • JustinHargraves

    Despite the rude comment, this is a very nice and informative article Krissy. It is my gut feeling that AJ will be out of a ride and Kurt will be in the 43… guess we’ll have to wait and see. It’s definitely been an active off-season thus far.

  • sportygirl1222

    @JustinHargraves@sportygirl1222 Why don’t YOU read the article. The headline says Busch is in, AJ is out, but the story does nothing to substantiate that. Nothing is confirmed, not even from an anonymous source. RPM would LIKE to sign Busch, but they are still in “talks”. They aren’t sure if AJ would leave or move to a 3rd car. How does that justify saying he’s out in the headline? And excuse me, but when did pointing out factual inaccuracies become trash talking?

  • sportygirl1222

    @JustinHargraves@sportygirl1222 Why don’t YOU read the article. The headline says Busch is in, AJ is out, but the story does nothing to substantiate that. Nothing is confirmed, not even from an anonymous source. RPM would LIKE to sign Busch, but they are still in “talks”. They aren’t sure if AJ would leave or move to a 3rd car. How does that justify saying he’s out in the headline? And excuse me, but when did pointing out factual inaccuracies become trash talking?