ARCA: Justin Allison Brings the Allison Name Back to Victory Lane in Pocono


LONG POND Pa. — A race that showed a little bit of everything: A lengthy rain delay, driver substitutions, a big points shake up and an interesting level of pit strategy, made this race a must see. On top of that we had a feel good winner in victory lane in Justin Allison as he won the ARCA Racing Series’ Modspace 125 at Pocono Raceway.

Justin Allison continued his family’s rich history in not only NASCAR, but ARCA as well. His late Great Nephew Davey Allison won two races in his ARCA career along with Bobby Allison, who had one win.

“I’m very happy the way this turned out,” said Allison after the race. “There is alot of Allison history here. Definitely means a lot to get my first win here. We had a shot to win the first one this year but had mechanical problems, so to bounce back and win this one, it boosts confidence.”

Will Kimmel, who finished second, also has a famous racing name as his father Frank is considered the greatest in ARCA history with 10 championship and 80 career wins. This battle for the win was a little bit of déjà vu for long time ARCA fans.

“Wasn’t good through three and that killed us on the frontstretch,” said runner-up Kimmel who trailed Allison by 0.384 seconds at the finish. “For us to be this close, we are going to take it and run.”

Early in the going, contact between points leader Grant Enfinger and Frank Kimmel caused a three-car accident that swallowed up Matt Tifft in the process. Enfinger was done for the day as the other two limped to 20th and 22nd place finishes respectively.

The drivers to beat in the early stages of the race were Brennan Poole and Mason Mitchell – who started one-two in the race and led the way till pit strategy played key. That was when Allison, along with Kimmel and third-place finisher Tom Hessert made their way to the front and into contention.

Poole finished fourth, Justin Boston fifth along with Nick Igdalsky, Mitchell, Austin Wayne Self, Cody Coughlin and Michael Lira completing the top-10.

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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