Willie Allen Excited About Return To Martinsville Rookie Hopes to Duplicate Previous Success at Track Nashville, TN - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to Martinsville this week and that puts a smile on the face of Willie Allen.
Willie Allen Excited About Return To Martinsville
Rookie Hopes to Duplicate Previous Success at Track
Nashville, TN - The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series heads to Martinsville this week and that puts a smile on the face of Willie Allen. This Saturday's running of the Kroger 250 on FOX marks the first short track race of the 2007 season and Allen's return to Martinsville Speedway. Allen's truck series debut came at the legendary 1/2-mile facility in 2005 after his involvement in a GM Racing Driver Development program. The Nashville native made a strong impression finishing sixth, an accomplishment that turned many heads in the NASCAR world. Allen carries a strong background in short track racing and looks to once again make an impact at Martinsville by putting his #13 Chevy Silverado up front.
"I am very excited about going back to Martinsville," said Allen. "My background is short track racing, so I look forward to going to all of the short tracks that we race on. I like Martinsville because it really puts the driver back in control. As a driver you really feel that you can make a difference. One of the biggest challenges at Martinsville is making sure you have good track position. Qualifying for a good starting spot and flawless pit stops will be very critical for the race. Every race is a challenge because you are racing against some of the best drivers in the country."
Allen and the ThorSport Racing team take one advantage with them to Martinsville that they have yet to have this season. This will be the first race of 2007 that takes place at a racetrack Allen has previous experience with. Allen and the ThorSport crew have worked relentlessly preparing the truck for a good, solid run. "I think that we have a good baseline set-up to start out with. The biggest thing about being able to go back to a track that I have raced at before is knowing the feel that the truck needs going into the race. That is what we have struggled with on tracks that I haven't been to before, not knowing what the truck should feel like from practice to the start of the race. Since I have raced in a truck at Martinsville before, I have a better understanding of how to carry that over."
Allen currently sits 19th in the driver points standings and 4th in the Rookie of the Year standings, but hopes those numbers will improve after this weekend's competition. "I think that any time we go to the track our goal is to win the race. We are really focused on winning Rookie of the Year, so another goal for the race is to stay out of trouble and earn a great finish."