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Stan Allen

Just One of the Boyz by Ian Tocher

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK J. REBILAS, ROGER RICHARDS, & VAN ABERNETHY

Pull a Pro Nitrous qualifying sheet from any ADRL national event and you'll find Stan Allen's name on it somewhere. Likewise, since that first official race in February 2005, at Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Bankston Boyz Racing has fielded a Pro Nitrous entry. They're the only driver and team able to make the claim of racing in every single ADRL event held so far, with that inaugural outing being the only time they weren't one and the same.

Allen, 41, was there behind the wheel of Bullard "Bullet" Wilson's early-'80s Trans Am, with Justin Bankston handling the driving duties for brother Michael in their 2003 Corvette. While Allen's race eventually came to an end with a first-round loss to number-one qualifier Rickie Smith, Bankston unfortunately was upside-down and on fire through the lights after an oil fitting broke on the Vette during his second qualifying attempt.

The accident essentially marked the close of Justin Bankston's professional driving career, but opened the door for a partnership with Allen that continues into 2011 with a brand-new car on the way, a new teammate coming on board and legitimate championship hopes for the Terry, Mississippi-based Bankston Boyz.

"I had raced against them several times—and been successful on all those attempts—so I guess Mike just thought it was better to hire me as his driver than to keep getting his butt whipped," Al len jokes from his home in New Iberia, Louisiana. "He may remember that differently, but at least that's how I remember it."

Despite all his past success, it took Allen nearly four years to deliver the Bankstons' first—and so far only—victory at the 2009 ADRL season opener in Houston.

"You know, I've won a lot of races, and not just the local things but some pretty big races

against some great competition at Fun Ford and stuff like that, but to race with these ADRL guys is a very humbling experience," he says. "So to win anything at this level is amazing. It's hard to explain, I think it's just something you have to experience to understand. I can tell you, you do not take it for granted.

"I mean, we could drop down to any other level and win some races, but to come out here, well, now you're racing with the big boys, and it's a tough deal. Everybody here, no matter who you are, number one or number-sixteen qualifier; that guy can win a race."

Ironically, Allen's start in drag racing came in the mid-'90s after he and a few friends built a '91 Mustang LX destined for road racing action.

"I grew up with a lot of my family members driving muscle cars and hot rods; my mother had a Challenger," Allen recalls. "But I always loved sports cars and road racing and that's what I thought I would do."

Instead, he ended up at State Capitol Raceway near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he repeatedly took the Fox-bodied Mustang for some shakedown runs before a planned trip to Texas for its twisty course debut. "But we never did go road racing with it," he admits. "It never got to make one turn on a race track; well, except for the turns it made to get off the end of the drag strip."

Never a bracket racer, Allen and crew discovered the Fun Ford series about the same time

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