Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison are heading short track racing! This means that race fans with a that remember the legendary "Alabama Gang" have an exciting race to look forward to as the new version of the gang takes to the track this weekend. The original storied group of racers known as the "Alabama Gang" was headed up by Donnie Allison and Bobby Allison out of their racing base of Hueytown, Alabama which was a stones throw from Birmingham and a short drive to Talladega Superspeedway.
The legendary drivers helped capture the imaginations of race fans during the early days of NASCAR through the early 2000's when the last member, Hut Stricklin, raced at Bristol in 2002. Now the new version of the "Alabama Gang" is getting ready to take their show to the short track!
As the grandson of Donnie Allison and great nephew of Bobby Allison, Justin Allison hopes to carry on the family legacy as his racing career moves forward. Allison will attempt to make this dream become a reality with the help from a powerhouse driver in the form of Team BCR teammate, Grant Enfinger, from Fairhope Alabama. Together, they could carry on the new "Alabama Gang" name.
Allison, an ARCA Racing Series rookie, has made two starts in ARCA this season in the No. 88 Havacosales.com Ford Fusion. His has placed some Superspeedway seat time in the books as he competed at Kansas in 2013, and Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway in 2014, the ARCA rookie will make his ARCA short track debut at Toledo Speedway for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care race. The rookie says short tracking at Toledo will be different that his time on the Superspeedways.
"This is where the 'real racing' will happen," says Allison. "Racing at these speedways, such as Daytona and Talladega, has a tremendous amount of variables. At the short tracks, you not only have to bring a fast car, but have the talent as a driver. Howard Bixman and Team BCR has a proven winning short track program. I think we'll be a threat to our competition in Toledo since short track racing is what I grew up on and have the most experience with."
Enfinger Knows Victory Lane
Grant Enfinger, Allison's teammate at Team BCR, will be piloting the No. 90 Motor Honey/Casite – Triple K Construction Ford, started off the year in victory lane. Not just once, or twice, but three times! And then remained to dominate as he earned his second-career pole award at Talladega Superspeedway. Enfinger brings his considerable skills behind the wheel in, both ARCA and NASCAR, back to a track where he battled Ken Schrader for a win.
Last season Enfinger raced Schrader door to door towards the end of the but he lost a tire sealing the deal for Schrader. The same battle took place this season at Salem during the Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch 'N Nutterbut it was Schrader who lost a tire and Enfinger winning.
"Toledo's a really good track to race at. We were very competitive last year and we're bringing that same car back with us. We've made improvements, and I think we're going to be even better than we were. We were racing for the lead on one less cylinder last year. With that being said, we're going to have an even better car here this year and I think we'll have a great outcome."
The Menards 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at Toledo Speedway will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports 1 at 2pm ET on Sunday, May 18, 2014.