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Allmendinger visits Talladega, looking for ride for next year

– AJ Allmendinger upped his effort to find a new job Friday by making his first appearance at a NASCAR event since his suspension for failing a drug test.

The visit to Talladega Superspeedway is the first since Allmendinger’s July 7 suspension. He was reinstated by NASCAR last month and is looking for a job for 2013 after being dropped by Penske Racing three months ago.

“I’m looking, but from reading the Internet, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of jobs out there,” Allmendinger said.

Allmendinger spent two months completing NASCAR’s “Road to Recovery” program, the only way a driver can be reinstated.

NHRA qualifying

In Mohnton, Pa., Jack Beckman topped Funny Car qualifying in the Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, the fourth event in the six-race NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.

Beckman became the third driver in Funny Car history to dip into the 3-second range with a track-record run of 3.989 seconds at 320.58 mph in his Dodge Charger.

Morgan Lucas led the Top Fuel field, V. Gaines topped the Pro Stock competition and Eddie Krawiec took the Pro Stock Motorcycle lead.

Around the track

Andretti Autosport said it will test third-generation driver Jarett Andretti, John Andretti’s son and Michael Andretti’s nephew, in a USF2000 car at Putnam Park Raceway on Wednesday in Greencastle. … Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart signed Bass Pro Shops as his primary sponsor for 2013. … NASCAR will not return to the Circuit Gilles Villeneueve in Montreal next season, ending a six-year run for the Nationwide Series.

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