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.
On lap 13 after a restart championship leader Grant Enfinger pinched 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel into the grass entering Turn 3 and the two made contact. Both cars slide up the track where they made more contact and collected Matt Tifft. Kimmel would finish in 20th, Tifft 22nd, and Enfinger 26th of the 31 car field.
Justin Allison, Will Kimmel, Tom Hessert, and Nick Igdalsky were drivers then left on a strategy to try to make the finish after not pitting again. Up front Mason Mitchell held the lead but Brennan Poole and Justin Boston stuck right with him.
On lap 26 Poole and Boston both went past Mitchell for the lead. Poole then started to stretch his lead over Boston too. Boston and Mitchell pitted on lap 38 and then Poole gave up the lead to pit on lap 39. That put Allison into the lead with Will Kimmel only a few car lengths behind. Kimmel tried win his first ARCA race of his career but could not make the pass on Allison and ended up 0.385 seconds back.
Finishing third was Tom Hessert. Brennan Poole ended up in fourth and Justin Boston fifth. Nick Igdalsky was sixth, Mason Mitchell seventh, Austin Wayne Self eighth, and Cody Coughlin was the last lead lap car ninth. Michael Lira finished tenth. BJ McLeod finished 27th after also getting caught up with damage from the lap 13 crash. He was filling in for John Wes Townley who crashed in qualifying and was taken to the hospital and later released. He was not cleared to race though and also will not race in tomorrow's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono.
Mason Mitchell moved back into the points lead after 13 of 20 races. He is 75 points ahead of Grant Enfinger. Frank Kimmel is third, Tom Hessert fourth, and Justin Boston fifth. John Wes Townley dropped to sixth.
The next race on the ARCA Racing Series schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway on August 9th.
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