When Justin Allison rolled into victory lane at Pocono Raceway for his first career ARCA win, the Salisbury resident became the first Allison to visit winner’s circle in a major racing series since 1993 when his cousin Davey Allison won at Richmond.
“About the last eight laps of that race I probably said 10 Our Fathers and 10 Hail Marys, or more,” said his grandfather Donnie Allison, who was sitting in the grandstands with the driver’s father, grandmother and sponsor representatives. “It was a unique experience for me. I witnessed many short-track victories with him, but never anything like that. To me, it was the culmination of a long, hard journey to get there.”
Justin moved into the lead for good with 11 laps remaining in the 50-lap Aug. 1 ModSpace 125 on the 2.5-mile triangular track and was never challenged. He finished a mere 0.384 second ahead of Will Kimmel.
“It hasn’t completely sunk in, which I don’t know if it ever really will, honestly,” Justin said several days after the victory. “It’s definitely a great feeling. I’m still kinda in shock a little bit.”
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Donnie arrived in victory lane about 10 minutes after the celebration began. He congratulated his grandson and told him “what a fine job and that we loved him.” Justin, however, said his grandfather was “so excited he could barely talk.”
Donnie noted that Justin had never been in the situation he faced in the ARCA event’s closing stages.
“I think he handled things extremely well,” Donnie said.
During the closing laps, Justin said he focused on hitting his marks, what he needed to do and tried not to worry about Kimmel.
“He’s got an awful, awful good head on his shoulders,” Donnie said. “If this opportunity stays with him, you’re going to see a lot of him. He’s got it. He’s the best young talent I’ve ever seen. And I have seen some good ones. The only one that I would say is definitely in his category is Joey Logano. And out of all the Allisons, he’s the most talented.”
In eight races this year, Justin Allison has produced three top-five and five top-10 finishes. His only finish outside the top 10 in the last six races came last month at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis when he placed 13th.
Justin Allison, 22, has two races left on his ARCA schedule this year, Kentucky and Kansas. He said plans were in progress to run the full ARCA schedule in 2015. Allison currently works fulltime in his family’s Salisbury race shop where the Allison Legacy Cars are constructed.
Concord Speedway begins Fall Series
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Boyd, Hapeman victorious at Hickory
Concord’s Spencer Boyd and Midland’s Robert Hapeman emerged victorious in recent action at Hickory Motor Speedway.
Boyd defeated Asheville’s Sheflon Clay for the Super Trucks victory, while Hapeman claimed a victory over Concord’s Bob Park in the Classic Sportsman feature. Larry Benz of Harrisburg took fourth in the Classic Sportsman, while Charles Thorne of Kannapolis finished seventh.
Another championship for Hemric
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Concord’s Joshua Brimecombe snared the championship in the Legend Semi-Pro division with a third-place finish in the Summer Shootout’s final event. Dillon Faggart, also of Concord, won the race.
Robby Faggart, Dillon’s father, earned his first Legend Masters division victory in the season’s final event.