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AJ Allmendinger returns to NASCAR Sprint Cup with Phoenix

AJ AllmendingerAJ Allmendinger will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup to rejoin Phoenix Racing in this weekend's Phoenix round.

Although Allmendinger looks increasingly likely to contest at least a handful of IndyCar races this season for former NASCAR employer Penske, he will replace Regan Smith in James Finch's Cup squad in Arizona.

"This will be good. It's been a few months since I've been in a stock car," said Allmendinger.

"I haven't been in one of the Gen 6 cars yet, so I think it will take a little time to get acclimatised to it."

Allmendinger previously contested four Cup races for Phoenix in late-2012 when he returned to action after his suspension for failing a drugs test.

Phoenix finished seventh in last weekend's Daytona 500 with Smith.

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