Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20: A. J. Allmendinger drives his #84 Red Bull Racing Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 20, 2008 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
AJ Allmendinger talks about his new gig driving the No. 22 Shell Dodge for Penske Racing with the enthusiasm, excitement and awe of someone who just landed his first grown-up job. It probably feels that way to him after five mostly trying seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving for either start-up or struggling teams. This is certainly Allmendinger's first legitimate shot at proving himself ready to run with the big boys. "One of the biggest things that I've wanted in a race team is stability,'' said Allmendinger, who was selected by Penske Wednesday to replace 2004 Cup champion Kurt Busch. "Just going through this process and the things that we've had to go through to get to this point -- the things that I've been up against basically my whole five years in the Sprint Cup Series -- leads me to this point; to find an organization that has stability. "Walking through the shop, just the way everything is laid out and presented is absolutely amazing and something I'd never ...
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