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Ron Allen

 
Ronald Archie Allen is a second-generation driver in a family that has supported Michigan stock car racing since before he was born. Racing was a way of life for the Allen family. His father raced around Michigan and his mother never missed a race bringing Ron and his older brother and sister to the races. Ron built his first racecar as a part of Auto Shop class at Lincoln Park High School and raced it once at Toledo in 1979. In 1980 his unwavering support of racing at Flat Rock and Toledo Speedway began and continues today. For most of his career he has been owner, builder, mechanic, and driver of his own race cars funded on a U.S. Postal Carrier salary and limited sponsorship from family and friends. It took 11 years to get his first feature win, but the experience getting to that first win would later prove valuable in his career. In 1986 he started two ARCA Permatex Super Car Series events in the A-1 Auto Parts Oldsmobile owned by Jody Pemberton. He finished 9th at Owosso and 13th at Toledo
completing 97.9% of laps in those events.
 
Ron competed in 75 Iceman Super Car Series events from 1987-1998 gaining experience at tracks like Toledo (OH), Flat Rock (MI), Sandusky (OH), Kalamazoo (MI), Midvale (OH), Auto City (MI), Jennerstown (PA), and Berlin (MI). Competing as an independent owner/driver with a volunteer crew and minimal sponsorship he claimed 3 top 5 and 22 top 10 finishes.
 
In the late 90’s Ron was fortunate enough to connect with car owner Bill Meade and his career was on fire claiming 31 Flat Rock Street Stock and 24 Toledo Sportsman feature wins and several championship titles. When the duo parted company Ron was back on his own. When the ARCA Toledo Sportsman division started in 2000, 20 years of experience at this track allowed him to dominate the division claiming 68 feature wins and 8 championship titles.
 
In 2005 a last minute decision to go to a Main Event race at Toledo Speedway almost turned deadly. Ron was involved in one of the most horrific fires at Toledo in the Late Model division. His car was completely engulfed in flames upside down in turn one. He spent 30 days in an intensive care burn unit in Toledo. He would return to win the last Sportsman feature race at Toledo that season. With 130 ARCA feature wins, he is third on the ARCA All-time Feature win list behind Joy Fair and Bob Studt. With 36 seasons, 130 feature wins, and 11 championships under his belt, at age 55 he says he will continue racing until it isn’t fun anymore or he no longer can afford to be competitive.
 
Eight-time Toledo Sportsman champion - 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014
 
Two-time Flat Rock Street Stock champion - 2000, 2002
 
Toledo Late Model Champion - 2002