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Allmendinger, RPM uncertain about future

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11:14 AM ET 11.02 | RPM continues to march forward despite an uncertain future. Facing the departure of Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard, the team has struggled mightily under the weight of substantial financial debt. "I wish I had answers," said driver AJ Allmendinger. "I wish I could tell my team guys that it's going to be OK. I wish I could have answers that everybody wants. But I don't." Though RPM director of competition Robbie Loomis said that the team is moving along with plans for next season, whether or not there will be a team in 2011 remains to be seen.

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AJ Allmendinger, Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR AJ Allmendinger, Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR
November 2, 2010  11:19 AM ET

Saw an ad in the newspaper today, " driver looking for work, will work for a little less that the going rate to prove myself in the first year, have my own firesuit and gloves" Run A.J. Run.

November 2, 2010  11:36 AM ET

Biggest thing for A.J. right NOW,.... is that the checks from RPM do not bounce ;)

November 2, 2010  11:37 AM ET

And if RPM folds...maybe Jack has a place for you A.J. the #6 UPS Ford

November 2, 2010  11:40 AM ET

This is a real sh!tty situation for everyone over there crews included. Hope everything works out for the best.

November 2, 2010  11:42 AM ET

Maybe if Nascar were a real sport, MEANING if they were NOT owned by 1 family, the problems would be solvable. The way it is now it is totally unprecedented in the world of sports. Nascar has become a traveling "show" and the fans of America has grown bored. Were talking about a house of cards that is sitting in the wind.
Imagine for a moment what problems this would cause with NFL, MLB, NBA etc.

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November 2, 2010  11:49 AM ET

What a useless effort of a article.

November 2, 2010  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Maybe if Nascar were a real sport, MEANING if they were NOT owned by 1 family, the problems would be solvable. The way it is now it is totally unprecedented in the world of sports. Nascar has become a traveling "show" and the fans of America has grown bored. Were talking about a house of cards that is sitting in the wind.Imagine for a moment what problems this would cause with NFL, MLB, NBA etc.

Good points, Mongo. The autocracy worked with the first two France's, but Brian is a disaster. He may not destroy NASCAR, they still have a handful of owners with big bucks that will carry them all through, but he has damaged them severely.
I HATE the chase.

November 2, 2010  02:31 PM ET

You guys don't appreciate the beauty of what is about to happen. My predictions: RPM will fold. Gilette will sell it for pennies on the dollar. What's left of the team will be bought up by Ray Evernham (he said he's ready to return to NASCAR as soon as some "Contractual" issues were resolved). Then new team Petty/Evernham Racing (PER) forms a technical alliance with Toyota/MWR. Richard Petty stays as a figurehead. Ray returns as Engineering Director/Crew chief. By the end of next season, Ambrose has won the title, and MWR finally gets the respect they deserve. But, I could be wrong. I was rooting for the Red Sox; again.

November 2, 2010  02:54 PM ET

read this headline and thought, huh, really?

COME ON T&R

November 2, 2010  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And if RPM folds...maybe Jack has a place for you A.J. the #6 UPS Ford

good thought

November 2, 2010  02:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Good points, Mongo. The autocracy worked with the first two France's, but Brian is a disaster. He may not destroy NASCAR, they still have a handful of owners with big bucks that will carry them all through, but he has damaged them severely.I HATE the chase.

yep I agree, it is more a traveling circus that sets up in a new town every week to put on a show, than a sport, yet they try to market themself as a sport.

I think a lesson needs to be learned from the various wrasslin' organizations. WWE, WWF,,, whatever, I dont follow it, but there is no mistake its a show, to anyone, and they thrive.

November 2, 2010  02:57 PM ET
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AJ Allmendinger is not the worse driver out there and I wish him luck in finding a quality ride next season.

agreed, I like the kid

November 2, 2010  03:27 PM ET

Well I'll be,''2'' new storys, AJ Im not to fond of with his driving only, but I guess after a few more yrs he'll be a good contender, time will tell.

November 2, 2010  04:17 PM ET

If RPM folds I will no longer be a NASCAR fan. I have completely had it over the past several years.

November 2, 2010  05:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

read this headline and thought, huh, really?COME ON T&R

at least we're getting something these days, lol

November 2, 2010  06:28 PM ET

I wouldn't miss AJ that much (although I've got nothing against him), but I'd miss his hot wife for sure!

November 2, 2010  07:32 PM ET

If the Dinger doesn't drive the car they may try to sign Randy Moss ... as gas man ...

November 2, 2010  09:28 PM ET

Allmendinger craws on his billie.Watching AJ he's the lowest form of a driver I seened in the pass 45 years.

 
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