ARCA: Justin Allison Set to Rekindle Family Ties to Pocono

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TOLEDO, Ohio – No matter where Justin Allison travels to on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour, there’s usually a piece of his family legacy there to greet him.

At Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway, it’s the legacy of his grandfather Donnie Allison, who logged so many laps around the historic 2.5-mile triangle, and the legacy of his granduncle Bobby Allison who had such great success at Pocono with three wins and a pole award. But it was also Pocono where Bobby’s driving career ended in a devastating crash in the Tunnel Turn.

“I don’t think the Allison history will have any factor into how we’ll perform at Pocono,” Justin Allison said.

“Every track you go to, there’s a risk you’re taking and it’s not just at Pocono. It’s always helpful to know someone else who has the experience at the track, but that doesn’t mean I’ll perform exactly like them. We’re in totally different equipment and with a new team. But you can’t help but think about the things that happened here.”

And things will continue to happen ‘there’…at Pocono where the third generation Allison will test Wednesday, June 4, ahead of this Saturday’s race – the Pocono ARCA 200.

“Pocono is going to be so much different than any other track I’ll drive on. I’ve heard how fun and exciting it can be, but I also know there’s a lot to learn to be competitive. We’ll need to learn as much as we can in the test to be ready for the race.

“There really is no way to prepare for this type of track other than figuring it out myself. I don’t do any sort of simulator racing or watch videos like some drivers may. I think it’s best to just feel the track out myself. If something isn’t working, I’ll just go to my crew chief (Howard Bixman) or teammate, Grant Enfinger, for advice. They seem to always give me the best approach at what to do and not do.”

Enfinger, the current ARCA Racing Series point leader, is also scheduled to test at Pocono. Allison and Enfinger are teammates at Team BCR. Enfinger won the first three events of the season at Daytona, Mobile and Salem. Enfinger also finished fourth Sunday on the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course.

“The only (currently active) driver I’ll go to for advice in the garage right now is my teammate, Grant Enfinger. If I’m struggling somewhere, I’ll just ask him what the best approach to go about it is. Whether I need to break less or more going into a corner or whatever it may be. A lot of times I’ll go to Grant just to compare our cars and make sure mine is performing the best it can possibly be.

“I’m very confident in Team BCR that they’ll provide me with the best equipment and one of the fastest cars out there. They’ve proved that with Grant many times and we’ve shown top speeds while testing at Daytona and Talladega. There’s also room for improvements during the race.”

Allison is coming off a career-best seventh place finish in his first-ever ARCA short track run at Toledo Speedway in mid May. He also finished 11th in his ARCA debut at Kansas Speedway in 2013.

Allison plans to run in at least 10 ARCA Racing Series events in 2014, which so far includes the announced televised races on FOX Sports 1 and 2. The team’s No. 88 Ford at Pocono will be powered by Roush Yates Engines.

The Allison family has an enduring history with the ARCA Racing Series reaching back to 1975 when Bobby Allison won the ARCA race at Salem Speedway.

Bobby, a three-time winner of the Daytona 500, also brought both his sons, Davey and Clifford, through the ARCA Racing Series ranks as part of their driver development en route to NASCAR.

Davey, the 1984 ARCA Rookie of the Year, made 40 career ARCA Racing Series starts from 1980 through 1986, finishing second in championship standings in 1984 and third in 1985. He also won eight races over his ARCA career, including four wins at Talladega Superspeedway, two at Atlanta Motor Speedway, one at Middle Georgia Speedway and one at Lucas Oil Raceway. His ARCA career includes 21 top-five finishes and 25 top-10s overall, and five pole awards – three at Talladega, one at Atlanta and one at Lorain County Speedway. Davey, like his father before him, won the Daytona 500 in 1992.

Davey’s younger brother Clifford made 12 ARCA Racing Series starts from 1988 through 1992 finishing a career-best second two times at Michigan Int’l Speedway and Pocono in 1992.

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