Posted June 08, 2013 on
AP on Fox
AJ Allmendinger will replace Bobby Labonte next week at Michigan International Speedway for JTG-Daugherty Racing.
Labonte, the 2000 Cup champion, is 28th in the Sprint Cup points standings. Team co-owner Brad Daugherty says the team is trying something different to get their season on track.
Daugherty says he could run Allmendinger in up to five Cup races. He also says the team hasn't given up on Labonte.
Allmendinger has driven a limited NASCAR schedule since being suspended for a failed drug test last year. Roger Penske fired him but gave him another chance in IndyCar. He's set to drive in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season for Penske Racing.
BEST OF MAXIM
JTG/Daugherty Racing announced on Friday that AJ Allmendinger would pilot the team’s #47 Toyota next week at Michigan along with the Watkins Glen race on August 11th and possibly three other races. AJ Allmendinger’s gain is former Sprint Cup champion Bobby Labonte’s loss, as the 2000 champ will see his current starts streak end at 702 unless he finds a ride elsewhere for...
Bobby Labonte will continue his NASCAR Sprint Cup consecutive start streak this weekend as he will drive the Phoenix Racing No. 51 at Michigan International Speedway. Labonte has 703 straight starts in the series.
Labonte will drive for Phoenix while AJ Allmendinger competes in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing entry at Michigan as part of his five-race deal with that team.
A.J. Allmendinger will drive the No. 47 Toyota of JTG Racing at Michigan International Speedway next weekend. Allmendinger will take over the seat which has been occupied by Bobby Labonte since 2011 season.
Currently JTG plans to return Labonte to the drivers seat at Sonoma the following week.
“We’re not replacing Bobby – he’s still our driver,” co-owner Tad Geschickter...
Could JTG/Daugherty Racing be looking to make a driver change at Michigan International Speedway next weekend?
Although Bobby Labonte has driven the No. 47 car since 2011, with the team teetering just within the top 30 in owner points, sources tell FOXSports.com that AJ Allmendinger has been approached to fill the seat and offer a fresh opinion.
Labonte, who turned 49 on Saturday...
JTG/Daugherty Racing confirmed on Saturday that AJ Allmendinger will run five races in the No. 47 Toyota starting next weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Bobby Labonte has driven the No. 47 car since 2011. But with the team teetering just within the top 30, JTG/D co-owner Brad Daugherty told FOXSports.com that Allmendinger will provide "some measureables" to ascertain...