Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/23/11
1 Ever since Pennzoil fired Kurt Busch, the big question in NASCAR circles was who would Roger Penske hire to drive the No. 22 Dodge next season? Fitting the Penske mold is not easy. Busch certainly pushed the limits with Penske. Before the "mutual agreement" to part ways, his actions were unlike any other driver who has driven for the man who built California Speedway. On Wednesday, Penske Racing found its man. AJ Allmendinger gained his release from Richard Petty Motorsports and quickly was snatched up by Penske. Allmendinger's status at Petty Motorsports was uncertain after Best Buy dropped its sponsorship. Thus, Penske dipped back into the open-wheel circuit to fill the vacancy. You might recall Penske moved Sam Hornish Jr. from IndyCars to NASCAR , and Hornish is racing on the Nationwide circuit. Allmendinger will join Brad Keselowski as part of the two-car Penske Sprint Cup team. "To get this opportunity - I know where I'm at and the level of my career - it's do or die," ...
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