With Allmendinger's departure, Speed prepped to take over No. 84

Updated: September 30, 2008, 10:57 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Red Bull Racing is laying the groundwork for Scott Speed to take over the No. 84 Sprint Cup car next season.

Mike Skinner will drive the next two races at Talladega Superspeedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Speed will take over the car that has been driven by AJ Allmendinger most of the year for the final five races, beginning with the Oct. 19 race at Martinsville.

"I can't describe how much it means to walk into Red Bull Racing ...

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