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Petty gets No. 44; Allmendinger to drive

Updated: January 19, 2009, 5:47 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- AJ Allmendinger is close to reaching a multi-year deal to drive the No. 44 for Richard Petty Motorsports, CEO Tom Reddin said on Monday.

The No. 44 will replace the No. 10 as the fourth car at Richard Petty Motorsports, or RPM -- the new Sprint Cup organization formed by the merger between Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Petty Enterprises.

The two race teams agreed to merge earlier this month in a partnership that keeps the sponsor-strapped Pettys in racing. ...

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