AJ Allmendinger picked a great time to record his career-best NASCAR Sprint Cup finish. In a week in which he was told he will not be returning to Red Bull Racing next season, Allmendinger went out and finished ninth Sunday at Kansas Speedway to show any potential suitors that he really can drive a racecar. The finish had to help the free-agent driver, who doesn't even know if he'll be racing his No. 84 Toyota at Talladega next weekend. Read more about Allmendinger's day here.
Update: Red Bull Racing has decided to let Allmendinger go early to pursue other offers. Mike Skinner will pilot the No. 84 Toyota at Talladega this weekend and again at Lowe's Motor Speedway the week after. Scott Speed will finish the season in the car, including the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 2.
-- Michele Vincze