COEBURN, Va. – Robbie Allison, the son of Davey Allison and grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, is set for his first stock-car season in 2015. Allison plans to compete at both Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway and Lonesome Pine (Va.) Raceway in the Street Stock division.
Allison has competed the last two seasons in the Allison Legacy Series and TaG karts. This season, however, marks the 23-year-old’s first season behind the wheel of a stock-car.
“I was very surprised at how comfortable the full body car was compared to the smaller cars I have raced,” Allison said on the transition.
Allison made the trip to Southwest Virginia’s Lonesome Pine (Va.) Raceway on Wednesday to test in preparation for the upcoming season. After nearly six hours behind the wheel, Allison is ready to race.
“I’m very excited about the upcoming season,” remarked Allison between test runs. “Duke [Bare] and Tony [Vance] gave me great feedback about the cars.”
As for goals this season, Allison just wants to settle in and learn in a Street Stock before moving to a Late Model Stock next season.
“My goals for this season are to learn as much as I can and have a good season at Lonesome Pine [Raceway] and Kingsport [Speedway].”
Allison’s grandfather, Bobby Allison, was also on hand to watch his grandson turn laps around the banked 0.375-mile oval. The 1983 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was well pleased with his grandson’s performance in his first time in a stock-car.
“I'm pleased with [Robbie’s] performance in the test and I'm looking forward to his next step,” said Allison. “I’m eternally grateful to the folks of Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway.”
“We’re very excited to have Robbie Allison make his stock-car racing debut with us this season,” said Karen Tunnell, general manager. “We look forward to watching him make his way through the ranks and wish him all the best.”
The 2015 season kicks off on Saturday, March 21 at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway and April 4 at Lonesome Pine (Va.) Raceway.