Many spectators and crew members know Chris Allison simply as, Pintang. Well, he hasn’t always been Pintang, but he has always been a racer. Chris began racing at the tender age of four, racing yard karts. He raced karts until his early adolescent years until he moved on to running bigger cars on dirt. His first asphalt race was at Friendship Speedway, which as most of you know is now a dirt surface. Once he and his father decided to pursue running on asphalt he ran the full 2007 season at Hickory Motor Speedway in Pro-4 cars where he won Rookie of the Year. From this point on the Pintang would come alive.
Chris’ father James ran one year at the Stadium, which is where Chris decided he wanted to try his hand at the Madhouse. His father had an old Pinto in the backyard that had a roll cage, the only problem was it had no body panels excluding the quarter panels. They decided to use Mustang panels to fill the gaps. Hence, the Pintang name was born. James and Chris both ran Pintangs for a period of time at the Stadium. Chris stated “I think it was my second season I got my first win. It was crazy the stands were packed and everyone cheered. I could hear them screaming over the car on my victory lap it was something I’ll never forget.” He also said the car's popularity grew once he began allowing fans to sign the car anywhere they wanted after the races.
Since his success in the Pintang, he has moved on to bigger and better things. He now races in David Sell’s 602 Tour. He has run very well so far in the handful of races he has been a part of. Chris stated that “My dad and I decided the past few years to slow down on the racing. So the 602 Tour was perfect since they don’t run every weekend.”
As most of you all know Chris races a Jason Keaton Racing car this year at the Stadium where he has found huge success and sits second in the points. Chris had always been close to Jason, ever since his go-karting days. He had joked around with him asking if he’d ever put him in a fast car since JKR cars have always been top notch equipment. Well Chris finally received that call last year. “Jason called me the Sunday of the Caraway Turkey Day Race. I had no service so I thought he pocket dialed me, but he called again 30 minutes later asking if I could be at Caraway by 12 pm to run his car since he would be helping his son learn the ropes in his other Mini Stock.” Grayson Keaton, Jason’s son wanted to start racing at the Stadium so Jason would have a vacant car while he was helping his son. Jason knew he couldn’t attend all of Grayson’s races if he were to run at the Stadium, so Chris was the perfect mentor candidate. Even when Jason is in attendance Chris allows Grayson to feed off of his prior knowledge, which has obviously worked since they both already have wins this season.
Chris has acknowledged that he is riding a bit of a hot streak the last year or so. But with this also comes the drive for more, “The team has supplied the car but the driver, on the other hand, has made some mistakes that I believe have cost us some wins. I've had the chance to win every race we have ran but, I've missed opportunities to seal the deal.” I asked him what his goals were and his answer didn’t disappoint. He said he’s just happy to race, it doesn’t matter what it is or how far up he moves the ladder he just wants to race. Whether it’s someone else’s equipment or what he and his dad can put together. He made sure to tell me, “I want to thank Jason, Grayson, David, Braxton, Chip, Bryan, my wife and kids, all my sponsors and fans for all the support this year. It has been a blast and I hope it stays that way.” So keep your eye out for the #01 Stadium Stock machine, and the white #7 602 Limited car this year.