Willie Allen (racing driver)

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Willie Allen
Born (1980-06-15) June 15, 1980 (age 34)
Bon Aqua, Tennessee, U.S.
Awards 2007 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
29 race(s) run over 5 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
30th (2010)
First race 2006 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race 2011 Nashville 300 (Nashville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
33 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
15th (2007)
First race 2005 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race 2014 North Carolina Education Lottery 200 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 0
Statistics current as of May 16, 2014.

Willie Allen (born June 15, 1980 in Bon Aqua, Tennessee) is a American stock car racing driver. The 2007 Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, he currently competes on a limited basis in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series.

Career[edit]

Allen ran two ARCA Racing Series races in 2006, with a best finish of sixth at the second of the two at Nashville Superspeedway, and is a regular competitor at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville.[1]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

Allen made his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut in 2005 in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway driving for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, starting 21st and finishing sixth. He made one more start in 2005 for SS-Green Light Racing before signing with ThorSport Racing to run the final race of 2006 and ultimately replace Kerry Earnhardt in the No. 13 truck for the 2007 season. Allen ran his first full season in NASCAR in 2007 and at the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, matched his career-best finish with a sixth-place run. Allen had three DNFs and led 29 laps on his way to finishing 15th in the standings and winning the Rookie of the Year award, however ThorSport elected not to retain him for the 2008 season,[1] and Shelby Howard was signed to replace him.

For 2008, Allen returned to Morgan-Dollar Motorsports to drive the No. 46 Chevrolet Silverado to a 19th-place finish in the MemphisTravel.com 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park. He then drove two of the next three races in the No. 81 for the newly renamed Randy Moss Motorsports (RMM), after Randy Moss had bought a 50 percent share in Morgan-Dollar Motorsports. His first race was on July 19 at Kentucky Speedway with sponsorship from Rascal Flatts, where he finished 15th. Two races later, Allen made his third start of the year at Nashville Superspeedway with sponsorship from Rascal Flatts and GoDaddy, but crashed late in the race and finished 27th. Afterwards, Allen parted ways with RMM. After not racing in 2009, Allen returned to the series in 2010 for Team Gill Racing to run the No. 46 in the Nashville 200, starting 36th and finishing 29th. Allen has not raced in the series since.[1]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Allen made his Nationwide debut in 2006 for FitzBradshaw Racing, racing at Memphis Motorsports Park and Phoenix International Raceway, with a best finish of 28th. In 2008, Allen ran two races with Sadler-Hamilton Racing (Daytona and Nashville), with a best finish of 29th at Daytona. The next year, Allen ran five races for Whitney Motorsports, but failed to finish all five. He also failed to qualify for a sixth race. He then signed to drive the No. 05 31-W Insulation/CertainTeed/Cash America car for Day Motorsports in 2010, running 18 races with a best finish of 11th. Allen also failed to qualify for four additional races. Allen ran two more races for Day Motorsports in 2011 before departing the team and the series.[1]

After several years out of NASCAR, Allen returned to compete full-time in the Nationwide Series in 2014, driving for the debuting Martins Motorsports.[2]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Nationwide Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Willie Allen Career Statistics". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nashville team plans to race in NASCAR's Nationwide Series". The Tennessean. January 19, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Erik Darnell
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Colin Braun