Willie Allen is making his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start behind the wheel of the No. 47 Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Chevrolet Silverado fielded by Morgan Dollar Motorsports.
Allen has established himself as one of the hottest young stock car talents in Tennessee. In 2005, the young driver has been running Super Trucks, NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Models, and UARA (United Auto Racing Association) Cars at the following tracks: Music City Motorplex -- Nashville, TN; Hickory Motor Speedway -- Hickory, NC; Caraway Speedway -- Asheboro, NC; South Boston Speedway -- South Boston, VA and Newport Speedway -- Newport, TN. He has scored six wins, seven top-five, and eight top-10 finishes.
Starting in go-karts in 1997, Allen worked his way through the Legends car ranks and in to the Super Trucks at tracks throughout his home state. He made the transition to the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series in 2004 scoring two wins, four top-five, and six top-10 finishes on his way to the Rookie of the Year title.
In May 2005, Allen participated in the GM Racing Driver Development test at North Carolina's Caraway Speedway. His performance landed him the opportunity to compete at Martinsville in the Kroger 200.
Willie is also represented by Modern Management, the same firm that represents country music stars and groups including: Diamond Rio, Sara Evans, and Josh Turner. Modern Management is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsorship of Willie's race truck has been provided by the Visitors and Convention Bureau of Nashville, their second appearance of 2005 on the No. 47 Silverado.
WILLIE ALLEN QUOTE: "I'm honored that Morgan-Dollar Motorsports and Chevy Silverado have shown the confidence in me to run the No. 47 truck at Martinsville. I am truly blessed to have such a top-notch team, and the mentoring of Dennis Setzer,for my first appearance in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.I know the competition is stiff in the Truck Series so we have made it our number one priority to qualify for the race and then run all 200 laps to gain as much experience as possible.
"It is very exciting to run our first NCTS race in Martinsville!
There is so much history there, and the races are always soexciting for the fans. I can't wait till I get out on that track and make laps.
"I grew up just outside Nashville, and have raced there for several years now. I am honored that the city of Nashville has confidence in me and has chosen to sponsor our Silverado. Nashville is truly Music City and also has a long and distinguished racing history. Some of the greatest drivers in our sport started their careers in Nashville. I am proud to have the opportunity to represent both at Martinsville."
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR GM RACING NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES PROGRAM
RANDY GOSS -- CREW CHIEF OF THE NO. 47 CHEVROLET ALL STAR SILVERADO
The 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season will see veteran Randy Goss again wearing several hats. In addition to his responsibilities as the research and development manager for the GM Racing Team Silverado program, he will return as crew chief for the #47 Chevrolet All Star Silverado at the Statesville, NC based shop of Morgan Dollar Motorsports.
From 1996 through 2000 Goss was the NCTS crew chief for drivers Joe Ruttman then Greg Biffle. He amassed an incredible record of 19 wins, 14 poles and Biffle's 2000 NCTS championship. His 20th victory in NCTS competition as a crew chief came in March 2005 at Martinsville with 2000 NASCAR Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte.
Goss is one of the few crew chiefs to reach the accomplishment of winning in all three of NASCAR's premier divisions.