FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 LONG HOURS OF WORK RETURN ALLEN TO CONTENTION IN PRO STOCK ENNIS, Texas -- As the sunlight faded into darkness every day outside the Reher-Morrison shop in...
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LONG HOURS OF WORK RETURN ALLEN TO CONTENTION IN PRO STOCK
ENNIS, Texas -- As the sunlight faded into darkness every day outside the Reher-Morrison shop in Arlington, Texas, Bruce Allen worked away, never doubting that he would return to prominence in NHRA Winston Pro Stock racing. He knew there was nothing magic about NHRA success. Parts and pieces may have changed since he first landed in the top five in 1985, but the common thread of all elite teams had not. "I realized that part of the responsibility is mine," Allen said. "You've just got to go back into the shop and work harder. You might have to work nights and weekends, work until 7, 8 or 10. That's what you have to do to get your part of the rainbow. I'm willing to make that sacrifice." It has paid off. Allen climbed into fifth in the NHRA Winston Pro Stock point standings shortly before the $1,481,100 Lone Star Nationals, May 1-4, at Texas Motorplex. This race is the seventh event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997. Reher-Morrison dominated Pro Stock racing in the early 1980s, winning four straight championships from 1981-84 with the driving skills of the late Lee Shepherd and the tuning and engine-building talents of David Reher and Buddy Morrison. Allen took over in 1985 and stayed in the top five until 1989. But the glory days faded, and the team raced a limited schedule in 1994. Allen and R-M returned full-time in 1995, and they have made steady progress, finishing 22nd in 1995 and 18th last season. Allen punctuated R-M's return with a runner-up finish in the Slick 50 Pontiac Firebird at the Slick 50 Nationals in March, the team's first final round since 1992. "It's so hard to put a program down and stick to it," Allen said. "We could have just done an engine-rental program and been one of the fastest cars. But that's not Buddy and Dave's style. Their style is to claw and scratch and do what it takes to get back there."
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