Monday Oct. 6, 2008
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- AJ Allmendinger will drive the Number 00
Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway this
weekend. He'll have to qualify the car on speed to make the field for
Saturday night's race because the team is ranked 36th in owner
Kenny Wallace raced the car to a season-high 12th-place finish
at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Now MWR is turning to
Allmendinger, who is looking for a full-time job since he was let
go by Red Bull Racing two weeks ago.
Allmendinger was a career-best ninth at Kansas Speedway two
weeks ago in his final race for Red Bull. In races at Lowe's this
year, Allmendinger finished 20th in the Coca-Cola 600 and won the
qualifying race to earn a spot in the All-Star event.
Michael McDowell drove the Number 00 for MWR for most of the
season, but was pulled from the car after he failed to qualify for
Kansas. Waltrip says he's got to try other drivers in an effort to
get the car back inside the top 35.
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