Alabama Gang rides again at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Justin Allison raced to his first ARCA Racing Series victory Friday, holding off Will Kimmel at Pocono Raceway.
Allison, the grandson of former NASCAR driver Donnie Allison and grandnephew of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, drove the No. 88 HaVaCoSales.com Ford for Team BCR.
“It’s pretty cool to win here,” Allison said. “The Allison’s have a lot of history at this track. It definitely means a lot to get this first win here.”
Allison inherited the lead after a well-timed pit stop in the 50-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangle.
“That was definitely the right call,” Allison said. “We didn’t talk about it or plan to pit early, but all of a sudden, when the caution came out, they were like ‘Pit now! Pit now.’ I’m happy with the way things worked out.”
Tom Hessert was third. Brennan Poole finished fourth after leading a race-best 31 laps, and Justin Boston was fifth. Poole and Boston pitted under a green flag before Lap 40, allowing Allison, Kimmel and Hessert to take over the top three spots.
The start was delayed nearly an hour because if rain.