Petty Motorsports No 44 adds sponsor

Hunt Brothers Pizza To Sponsor AJ Allmendinger in Six Races & All Star Race; Petty Team's No. 44 Dodge Will Race Through September Richmond Race STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Hunt Brothers Pizza will ...

Hunt Brothers Pizza To Sponsor AJ Allmendinger in Six Races & All Star Race; Petty Team's No. 44 Dodge Will Race Through September Richmond Race

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that Hunt Brothers Pizza will sponsor AJ Allmendinger's No.44 Dodge for six races plus the All-Star race in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

The announcement extends Allmendinger's season through the Sept. 12 Richmond race. The Petty team remains committed to racing Allmendinger in a full season of competition if its success in generating sponsorship continues.

"This is awesome news," said Allmendinger who is 20th in the point standings despite entering the year outside the top 35. "I want to thank Hunt Brothers Pizza for coming on board and supporting us. I know our fans and NASCAR fans in general certainly appreciate all they are doing for the sport. We plan to give Hunt Brothers Pizza a lot to talk about in the coming weeks."

Despite only 51 career starts, Allmendinger owns several impressive finishes in 2009. He finished fifth in the Bud Shootout, third in the Daytona 500 and ninth at Martinsville.

Hunt Brothers Pizza said its interest in Allmendinger and the Petty team would be a huge hit with its team members as well as their customers in over 6,000 locations across the country.

"Partnering with Richard Petty Motorsports is exciting for everyone involved with Hunt Brothers", said Scott Hunt, CEO of Hunt Brothers Pizza. "We feel blessed to be in a position to support AJ while connecting with our convenience store customers, many of whom are NASCAR fans. Getting the opportunity to work with "The King" Mr. Richard Petty, AJ Allmendinger and all the professionals at Richard Petty Motorsports, offers us a unique opportunity. We are excited and looking forward to seeing the Hunt Brothers Dodge on the track."

Allmendinger sees only positives things developing in 2009.

"I think we have shown that we have the ability to run up front in this series," said Allmendinger who won the 2008 Sprint Open. "I think you are going to see our results get progressively better the longer this team stays together. We started the year putting an emphasis on qualifying, but now that we are locked in the starting field we can turn our attention to the race and that's going to help our race results. We are committed to making this thing work and I think we offer a great opportunity for Hunt Brothers, our existing partners as well as any partner looking to be part of NASCAR and Richard Petty Motorsports."

Tom Reddin, CEO at Richard Petty Motorsports, said partners like Hunt Brothers Pizza are key to the No. 44 team's success in 2009.

"AJ has done a heck of a job placing the No. 44 in the top 20, and we've been able to form some great partnerships along the way with Hunt Brothers Pizza, Dodge, Valvoline, Charter Communications, Harrah's, Super 8 Hotels and Paralyzed Veterans of America," said Reddin. "The success we are having on and off the track has helped us extend our schedule for the 44 team at least through the second Richmond race, and with a little help from some additional partners, we should have a good shot at making a successful full season. We think the on-track performance of the 44 team, AJ's personality, and all the assets of the Richard Petty Motorsports organization makes this team a very attractive and unique opportunity for potential partners."

Allmendinger will race the Hunt Brothers Pizza paint scheme April 26 at Talladega, May 16 in the All-Star race and May 24 in The Coke 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, July 11 in Chicagoland, Aug. 22 in Bristol, Sept. 6 in Atlanta, and Sept. 12 in Richmond.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Richard Petty
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