A.J. Allmendinger, Richard Petty Motorsports

by C.J. Radune on February 11, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT


22) A.J. Allmendinger | No. 44 Dodge | Richard Petty Motorsports

Pros: Allmendinger made his case for a full-time Sprint Cup ride and repaid Richard Petty Motorsports with a top-five, six top-10s and a 24th-place spot in the 2009 season. The top-35 finish for Allmendinger guarantees the team a starting spot in the opening races of 2010.

Cons: Despite being a great talent, Allmendinger has never had a program long enough or stable enough to start climbing out of mid-pack. Allmendinger, while recording some impressive drives, has never been able to demonstrate what he may truly be capable of.

Fantasy tip: Having a guaranteed start in each of the first five races in 2010 will allow Allmendinger and his team to focus on improving the program. Having major uncertainty surrounding the program in the last few seasons has always distract Allmendinger from that task. The new-look Richard Petty Motorsports could be a place where Allmendinger starts to work his way up the order. Fantasy owners can draft him as a fourth driver that has No. 3 upside - if not more.

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