Justin Allison Finishes Strong after Unfortunate Events
(Lincoln, AL – May 5, 2014) Alabama’s Justin Allison made his ARCA Talladega debut on Saturday, where luck was not on his side. The rookie driver blew two tires throughout the race, leaving him to finish in 19th.
Justin Allison, who is the grandson of Donnie Allison and great nephew of Bobby Allison, was honored to attend the Alabama Gang Superstretch unveiling on Wednesday, April 30. The track named the backstretch in honor of Donnie Allison, Bobby Allison, Davey Allison and Red Farmer (the original Alabama Gang). Justin and his teammate, Grant Enfinger (who is also from Alabama), attended the event as special guests and the new generation of Alabama racers.
“I grew up hearing all the stories about the Alabama Gang,” says Justin Allison. “Growing up, I never thought of them as big racers. I just saw them as family, but they’re still my heroes. As I get older, I’m realizing this is a really big deal.”
After the unveiling, it was finally time for Allison to make his Talladega debut and to continue his family’s legacy. Allison started 25th for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 in the No. 88 HaVACo Ford Fusion powered by RoushYates Engines. He was gaining positions in the first half of the race until a tire cut down, sending him into Clay Campbell in the #52 car.
Crew Chief, Howard Bixman called Allison in to fix the damages and sent him back out. Allison could feel a vibration in the car as he made his first lap around, realizing the fender was rubbing against the tire, which cut down another tire. Bixman brought the No. 88 Ford down pit road several more times for repairs. The crew did major repairs to the right side of the HaVACo Ford, while keeping Justin from losing any more positions. Allison fought hard to the end where he finished 19th.
“It’s disappointing our day ended like this,” says Justin Allison. “We had faster lap times than the leaders for a majority of the race, but we couldn’t make up the spots lost. With the green flag pit stops, the field was too spread out. I have to thank my Crew Chief, Howard Bixman and my crew for doing a good job on pit road and building a fast car. I also have to thank my Grandpa, Donnie, for pushing me through the entire race to the end. This opportunity wouldn’t be possible without the support of Havacosales.com and Rush Racing Products.”
The next race on Allison’s schedule is Toledo Speedway on May 18 where the race will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 at 2pm ET.
Allison said, “Now it’s time to go ‘real’ racing at Toledo Speedway. I love short track racing and that’s where my strong suit is. Team BCR has a strong short track program, and we should be a threat there in the No. 88 Havacosales.com Ford. ”
Crew Chief, Howard Bixman said, “Justin did a great job at Talladega this week dealing with a lot of damages. I’m proud of him for keeping focused and finishing strong after all the unfortunate events. Justin has that Allison blood in him and you can tell he is a very talented driver. He provided great feedback and his knowledge of the car is remarkable. Donnie has been his mentor throughout his racing career, and it shows.”
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