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)

Report: AJ Allmendinger out, Kurt Busch in at RPM


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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Tags: AJ Allmendinger Kurt Busch Richard Petty Motorsports

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