Homestead: Willie Allen preview

Allen Enters Season Finale With 7 Point Rookie of the Year Lead Nashville, TN - The list of former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year winners reads as a who's who of some of the best drivers in the sport today. Carl Edwards, Greg...

Allen Enters Season Finale With 7 Point Rookie of the Year Lead

Nashville, TN - The list of former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year winners reads as a who's who of some of the best drivers in the sport today. Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch are just a few past winners who have taken home the coveted award. Willie Allen, driver of the #13 National Pork Board/Nashville Music City Chevy Silverado hopes to add his name to the history books this Friday as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series closes out the 2007 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Allen enters Homestead at the top of the Rookie of the Year standings in a tight battle with Tim Sauter and Joey Clanton. Allen leads Sauter by 7 points and Clanton by 9 points in a wild three way race for the top spot.

"I figured this battle would end up going down to the wire," said Allen. "We have the point lead right now, but we are going to have to go to Homestead and perform at our best to hold onto it. It was our goal at the beginning of the year to be competitive and keep ourselves in the race for Rookie of the Year. I've had a blast competing against Joey Clanton and Tim Sauter this year. They are great drivers on the track and great guys off the track. It would mean a lot to me to win the Rookie of the Year title. There have been several NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers who won Rookie of the Year that have moved on to compete in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. I was fortunate enough to win a Rookie title in late models and supertrucks at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville. Winning it at this level would be such a great honor."

Allen returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the second time in his career with ThorSport Racing. Allen drove a third truck entered by ThorSport in last years season finale. The performance landed Allen in his current role as a full time driver for the team. A lot will ride on Allen's performance again this year as he looks to take home the Rookie of the Year crown. Whatever the outcome, Allen is thrilled to be living his dream as a full time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver.

"I've learned so much this year and it has been great competing against everyone in the series. I am so thankful that I get to do this for a living. I hope we can have a strong finish at Homestead to close out the year. We need to make our truck work on the long runs and work up in the high groove of the track. We'll need to stay out of trouble and have a good pit strategy to be successful. Hopefully we will leave the track with the Rookie of the Year title. I'd like to thank everyone at ThorSport Racing, The National Pork Board, Nashville Music City, and Chevy for all the support they have given me during my rookie year."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Tim Sauter , Carl Edwards , Joey Clanton , Willie Allen