The 2010 season is all most ready to begin for NASCAR but people have been wondering who will be this year’s break out star in the series? There are a lot of names already being thrown out there from Joey Logano to Marcos Ambrose to even Brad Keselowski but there is one name that seems to fall through the cracks this year and his name is A.J. Allmendinger.
Allmendinger’s road to NASCAR started in open wheel racing where he became famous through his flashes of greatness in the now defunct "CART" series, he showed everybody over there that he had the potential to be a huge star. In 2007 he decided to join the upstart "Red Bull" Racing team in NASCAR Sprint Cup by driving the 84 Red Bull Toyota. His rookie season was horrible because he failed to make over 15 races that season and didn’t even have one top 10 that year. 2008 started off rough too by him missing the Daytona 500 and he just had a hard time making the races on time, Red Bull decided to cut Allmendinger that October but Allmendinger showed a flash of greatness by finishing in the top 10 at Kansas.
The run gave him a shot with Richard Petty Motorsports and he got a full time ride with the same organization in 2009. The Daytona 500 was great for the 44 team as he finished a career high 3rd place in the great American race. Allmendinger was driving well when he didn’t fall out of races, he had 5 top 10's that season and more importantly did not fail to qualify for any races. The last 3 races of the year for Allmendinger were great, his lowest finish was 13th and he finished in the top 10 twice those 3 weeks. A.J looked awesome when he had Ford horsepower and he now will be driving a Ford full time in 2010.
A.J. Allmendinger has a lot of talent and has proven that he can run in the top 10 if he has a good enough race car. With the move to Ford this year, the entire Richard Petty Motorsports organization looks to be strong and could have a huge season. Kasey Kahne is contemplating leaving the team at the end of the 2010 season which may be a huge loss but if A.J. drives as well as he did at the end of the 2009 season then we may see ourselves a star on the rise.
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