Justin Allison Earns Career First ARCA Win with Team BCR
(Long Pond, PA – August 2, 2014) Strategy and talent came into play yesterday at Pocono Raceway when Team BCR’s rookie driver, Justin Allison earned his career first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win.
“We made the right call by coming into pit when we did,” says Justin Allison, who is the first Allison to visit victory lane since 1993 when Davey Allison won at Richmond. “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.”
Allison had a car to contend for a win with on Thursday’s “Tricky Triangle” practice session, when he posted the second fastest lap time of the day. He then qualified for the Modspace 125 in 5th.
Rainy weather just minutes before driver’s introductions pushed the start time of the Modspace 125 an hour back. With more dark clouds in the distance, all teams knew strategy was going to be key to winning the race if rain were to persist.
Allison, 22, was running 4th through the first two cautions of the race. On lap 18, Crew Chief Teddy Brown and Team Manager Howard Bixman, made the call to bring in the No. 88 HaVACo Ford Fusion seeing that the weather was clearing up and they would more than likely see all 50 laps that night. Team BCR’s crew just topped the No. 88 off with fuel and sent Allison back out to restart 17th.
This was no problem for Allison, who made his way into the top-10 on lap 25. On lap 36, he ran into lap traffic and Will Kimmel in the No. 69 car, which was the only other car that had already taken a pit stop in front of him. Justin took the low line and squeezed by all four cars to take away the 4th position. At this point, all three leaders in front of Allison still needed to pit. Once this happened, Allison would take the lead for the remaining 11 laps and earn his first ARCA Racing Series win in his career.
“Will (Kimmel) was trying to make ground on us at the end, but we had them in turn 3,” says 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.”
Team Manager, Howard Bixman said, “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. 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.”
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Team BCR Racing and Development Team, located in Mooresville, NC, is headed by veteran ARCA and NASCAR Crew Chief, Howard Bixman. Team BCR is a proven winning organization and are the 2014 Daytona Champions. Just in 2014 alone, Team BCR has won five races and a Menard’s Pole Award to their credit. They have poised themselves as a first rate driver development team, seeking out talented drivers and providing them with quality winning equipment and development, furthering their careers into a successful entry into the NASCAR ranks. Team BCR has provided drivers like Grant Enfinger, Josh Richards and Benny Gordon the skills they need to compete at the higher levels of competition.
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