August 1st, 2014 at 8:31 PM
By Mark Eddinger
A legendary racing name returned to victory lane on Friday when Justin Allison won the ModSpace 125 ARCA Racing Series race at Pocono Raceway. Allison is the 22-year-old grandson of Donnie Allison, grand-nephew of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, and a cousin of the late Davey Allison.
Justin Allison drove to his first career ARCA Racing Series win at Pocono in only his ninth career start. He was driving the No. 88 Ford for Team BCR Racing and took the lead on lap 39 of 50 when the leader Brennan Poole pitted for fuel. Allison then held off Will Kimmel's pressure over the closing laps to score the victory.
Justin is the third Allison to win an ARCA race joining Davey with eight and Bobby with one. His grandfather Donnie won 10 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Bobby won 85 total Sprint Cup Series races including three at Pocono, and his cousin Davey won 19 Cup races.
The start of the ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway was delayed due to rain but when the track dried off Mason Mitchell led the field to the green flag after winning his fifth career pole earlier on Friday.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 30th, 2014 at 8:33 PM
By Mark Eddinger
Pocono Raceway is a very unique track for a lot of reasons most notably the fact that it only has three corners and is shaped like a triangle. But another unique aspect to Pocono Raceway is that the track does not host NASCAR Nationwide Series races which makes the track tough on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookies.
With rookies Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon both barely holding down the final two Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying spots based on points both drivers will compete in Saturday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 150 to help prep and get more track time around the 2.5 mile track before Sunday's GoBowling.com 400.
Larson is currently seven points ahead of Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon is only four points ahead of Kahne for the last Chase spot heading into Pocono. Including Pocono, there are only six more races until the 16-driver Chase field is set so getting good finishes at Pocono is very important for both of the rookie drivers. Besides Kahne, Paul Menard, Greg Biffle, Brian Vickers, and Tony Stewart are within striking distance of Larson and Dillon in the points and all of those drivers have much more experience than the two rookies at Pocono.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 30th, 2014 at 6:56 PM
By Clayton Caldwell
It's been speculated since the announcement was made that Steve Letarte was leaving the #88 Hendrick Motorsports team to move to the broadcast booth in 2015. Who would take over as Dale Earnhardt Jr's crew chief in 2015? Well on Wednesday Hendrick Motorsports answered that question as the team announced that Greg Ives would take over as crew chief for NASCAR's Most Popular Driver starting in 2015.
“Greg was our number-one choice,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “This is a talented guy who already has a terrific rapport with Dale Jr. and is a fit with the organization. He and Chad had a lot of success together, and all of our crew chiefs think the world of him and what he’s accomplished. Greg’s proven that he can win races, and he has all the tools to do big things.”
Ives has spent the last two seasons working as a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports. In the 2013 season Ives worked with Regan Smith, where the duo won two races and finished third in the series points standings that season. This season Ives has worked with Chase Elliott with JR Motorsports and has won three races with the rookie driver and currently sits atop the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 29th, 2014 at 9:09 PM
By Mark Eddinger
On Tuesday NTS Motorsports Vice President of Operations Dwayne Gaulding announced that the team has signed veteran NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Jason White to a run a part-time schedule for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. White's first race will be this Saturday's Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway and he will pilot the No. 9 Chevrolet.
White's truck will have sponsorship from Autism Speaks. The rest of his schedule will be announced at a later date. He is best known for driving the No. 23 GunBroker.com truck from 2009 to 2012. Dwayne Gaulding was his owner in 2009 and Joe Denette who is the current owner of the No. 9 truck was White's owner in 2011.
Hailing from Richmond, Virginia White is now 35-years-old. He made his first NASCAR national series start as a 20-year-old in what was then a NASCAR Busch Series race back in 1999. His first Truck Series race was in 2001 and White made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in 2011 for FAS Lane Racing and finished 33rd at Pocono Raceway. His only other Cup start came in 2012 when he finished 31st at Pocono again driving for FAS Lane Racing.Read more... Join the Conversation...