Pontiac's Bruce Allen Will Be Inducted Into The Michigan Motor Sports
Hall of Fame
Twenty Year NHRA Veteran Joins Long List of Legendary Racers
Sept. 8, 2005 - Long time Pro Stock competitor Bruce Allen will be inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Lansing. Mich., on Nov. 6. The 20-year professional drag racing veteran and native of Goodrich, Mich., will join a long list of legendary names that includes Connie Kalitta, Dick LaHaie, Shirley Muldowney, Jack Roush and Roger Penske, among others, that are already in the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame.
"It's a tremendous honor to be inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame," said Allen. "Growing up in Michigan, Dick LaHaie, Connie Kalitta, and racers like that were always guys you looked up to. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame with such prominent competitors is a great privilege and I want to thank the voting members for their consideration."
In an NHRA Pro Stock career that dates back to 1985, the 55-year-old Allen has won 16 national events, raced in 39 final rounds, captured 16 No. 1 qualifying awards, and scored seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in the points standings. Allen's best NHRA points finish was in 1989 when he posted a second-place showing and captured four national-event victories in seven final rounds. He has finished third in the NHRA Pro Stock points standings four times (1985-87, 2001), won the Modified championship at the Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J., in 1978, and was the IHRA Pro Stock champion in 1985. Prior to racing in NHRA Pro Stock, Allen was an engine builder for 10 years at McLaren Racing.
"Competing full time in NHRA Pro Stock was hard for me at first because the learning curve was unbelievable. But I had some great coaching and got a lot of advice from Buddy (Morrison) and Dave (Reher), and great support from a lot of people including my wife Deb that really helped me along. Racing over the last 20 years has been a lot of fun and has given me the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of outstanding people."
The Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1982 to preserve the history of all types of motor racing in the state of Michigan and to make the history available to the public. It also seeks to recognize and pay tribute to those citizens of Michigan who have given of themselves, whatever their roles in racing may have been. The Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame is located in the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, 240 Museum Drive, in Lansing, Mich.