(Toledo, OH – May 19, 2014) Justin Allison in the No. 88 HaVACo Ford Fusion earned his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards top-10 finish in the Menards 200 yesterday at Toledo Speedway.
Allison began the race in the 10th position, gaining two positions by lap 51, where the caution flag flew. A majority of the field came in to pit, but Crew Chief Howard Bixman decided it was too early in the race to come in. Justin became the race leader and continued to run in the top-10.
Once the second caution flag flew, Bixman called the No. 88 Ford in for a change of four tires, cap off the fuel and some minor adjustments. Allison would stay in the top-10 until coming in for a final pit stop on lap 130, sending him back out to 13th. In those last laps, Allison made up the positions, to earn a 7th place finish.
“Overall, this was a great day for the No. 88 HaVACo Ford and Team BCR,” says Allison. “Howard made a great call on pit strategy to give us tires when nobody had any left towards the end of the race. I learned a few things towards the end of the race that I wish I would have picked up earlier on. I have to thank Howard for all the effort that is put into this program and the crew for putting together a great car.”
Crew Chief, Howard Bixman commented on Justin’s performance, “Wow, I’m really impressed with Justin today. He did a great job all day and showed he has the talent to be a contender. We had a goal to qualify and finish in the top-10, and we accomplished that. I think Justin learned a lot from the race today, and it will help as he progresses throughout the season.”
Allison’s next race on schedule is the Pocono ARCA 200 on June 7. The race will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 at 1pm ET.
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Team BCR: Team BCR Racing and Development Team, located in Mooresville, NC, is headed by veteran ARCA and NASCAR Crew Chief, Howard Bixman. Team BCR is a winning organization and 2014 Daytona Champions, that has poised itself as a first rate driver development team, seeking out talented drivers and providing them with quality winning equipment and development, with the goal of furthering their careers into a successful entry into NASCAR.