A.J. Allmendinger says NASCAR struggles took their toll


If A.J. Allmendinger’s treatment program goes as well as he hopes, the former Penske Racing driver thinks he could be eligible for NASCAR reinstatement as soon as September. But he won’t have a top ride waiting for him after being fired from Penske Racing’s No. 22 Dodge last week.

“I’ll get back in a car,” the suspended driver told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview Tuesday. “In what form, I don’t know.”

Allmendinger said racing wouldn’t be a priority for him in the short-term as he goes through NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.

“When I get to that point, I’ll make that decision,” said Allmendinger, who had been 23rd in Sprint Cup points through the first 17 races. “Over the last six years, I’ve let things spin out of control in certain ways. This is the time to take back and figure out what’s important in life and what is really going to make me happy.

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