Less than 14 months after a devastating blow to his career, South Bay native AJ Allmendinger reclaimed a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup series.
JTG Daugherty Racing said Saturday that Allmendinger will take over the No. 47 Toyota from Bobby Labonte next season, capping a comeback from a positive drug test for Adderall in July 2012 that resulted in a NASCAR suspension and losing his job with Roger Penske's Sprint Cup team.
"I feel like I'm playing with house money," Allmendinger said at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
He went through a NASCAR-mandated treatment program, then landed a handful of Cup rides. He also drove in a few IndyCar events, including the Indianapolis 500, and won two Nationwide Series races for Penske.
Allmendinger landed with a one-car team that includes former NBA star Brad Daugherty among its owners. He'll be driving Sunday night at the 1.54-mile oval and continue to fill in as needed this year while Labonte recovers from broken ribs.
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