It's been a long time since the words "Victory Lane" or "Checkered Flag" have been used in conjunction with the famed last name of Allison. In fact it's been since 1993 when Davey Allison won at Richmond during a NASCAR raceThis past weekend at Pocono Raceway driver Justin Allison carried on the family tradition by going to "Victory Lane" after he captured the "Checkered Flag" in Longpond PA.
Allison, behind the wheel of the No. 88 HaVACo Ford Fusion, and his crew used well timed pit strategy and hard driving to nail down the win. Rain pushed in minutes before driver's introductions which delayed the start time of the Modspace 125 back an hour. The majority of teams seemed to plan on a rain shortened race. While others played the rain game Allison was called to the pits for a large splash of gas!
"We made the right call by coming into pit when we did," says Allison. "I'm at a loss for words. I know we had a good car, just a little bit tight, but we made the right calls. I can't thank everyone enough, HaVACo, Rush Racing Products and Team BCR."
Playing the Rain Game
Allison, 22, was running 4th through the first two cautions of the race. Crew Chief Teddy Brown and Team Manager Howard Bixman, made the call to bring in the No. 88 car in for fuel when the noticed that the weather was clearing up. The two guessed that the race was more likely to go the distance and they wanted to have plenty of gas in the car for Allison to make use of. Allison went back out to restart 17th. He battled Will Kimmel for position when he caught up to the leaders.
"Will was trying to make ground on us at the end, but we had
them in turn 3," said Allison. "I don't know what it is about this
track, but I love driving here. Yes, it's a 2.5-mile track, but you have
to drive it like a short track and take each corner at a time."
When Allison and Kimmel made their way passed lap traffic and Allison approached the lead cars it was apparent that a victory at Pocono was only a few laps away. All three of the lead cars running in front of Allison still needed to pit for gas. When the leaders dove to pit row Allison took the lead and his first ARCA Racing Series win in his career.
A Great Win for the Allison Family
"Justin did a great job in the spring race and for him to win this is not only big for him, but the entire Allison family," Team Manager, Howard Bixman said. "This really shows how strong Team BCR is. This is our fifth win of the season and this time in the No. 88 car. The guys have been working hard at the shop and at the track. I can't thank everyone enough for their help this weekend. It's rare to see a driver pick up on this track as quickly as Justin has. He has a very bright future ahead."
Allison says that while he does bear the family name he does not depend on it or let it get in the way of his focus. "I definitely am aware of it, but I try to block it out," he said. "I'm not my grandpa (Donnie) or my uncle Bobby. It's just something I've had to learn about over the years."