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Allmendinger to replace Labonte at RIR

September 03, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Allmendinger to replace Labonte at RIR
Allmendinger will run No. 47 car at Richmond

AJ Allmendinger will take Bobby Labonte's place in the No. 47 BUSH's Beans Toyota this weekend in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Labonte also missed last week's AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after suffering three broken ribs in a cycling accident near his home in Trinty, N.C. last week.

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Labonte hopes to return for next week's race at Chicagoland Speedway.

“I am feeling a lot better, but I don’t want to put the race team in any compromising position this weekend,” Labonte said in a press release from JTG Daugherty Racing.  “It just makes more sense to focus on my rehab one more week to ensure that I’m ready to go at Chicago (Chicagoland Speedway) with no issues.  I plan to be back with the team then and back behind the wheel.”

Just last weekend at Atlanta, it was announced that Allmendinger would replace Labonte in the No. 47 car and drive full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for JTG Daugherty Racing in the 2014 season.

In 12 career starts in Richmond, Allmendinger has two top-10 finishes.

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