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Logano, Kenseth bound for new rides

September 04, 2012, David Caraviello,

Major pieces of the 2013 Sprint Cup driver lineup are expected to fall into place this week, when a pair of prominent free agents announce their destinations for next season and beyond.

Tuesday afternoon, Joe Gibbs Racing is expected to announce that former series champion Matt Kenseth will join the organization, effective next season. And current Gibbs driver Joey Logano will move to Penske Racing to replace the fired AJ Allmendinger, sources have confirmed to NASCAR.COM.

Cup Careers


Logano, 22, is in his fourth full-time season on the Cup tour for Gibbs and won his second career race at NASCAR's highest level this summer at Pocono Raceway. He will succeed Allmendinger, who earlier this year was suspended by NASCAR and then released by Penske after failing a random drug test. Allmendinger would be allowed to return to competition should he complete NASCAR's mandatory recovery program, although he has no guarantee of a ride.

Logano currently stands 18th in Cup points and has an outside chance of securing the second wild-card berth to the Chase for the Sprint Cup in this weekend's regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway. He has also won 15 times in the Nationwide Series, including a career-best six times this season, with all of those coming in Gibbs equipment.

Sam Hornish Jr. has been driving Allmendinger's No. 22 car since his predecessor's suspension in July. Hornish is a championship contender in Nationwide for the Penske team, and although he has expressed a desire to return to full-time competition at the Cup level, his role for next season is unclear.

Like Logano, Kenseth is also in the final year of his contract with his current team. The 40-year-old has spent his entire career at what is now Roush Fenway Racing, winning 22 races with the organization to this point, as well as the 2003 championship. Winner of the season-opener Daytona 500, Kenseth stands third in points heading to Richmond and already has clinched his bid in the Chase.