HANOVER, Pa. – One of the first major dominoes in the sprint car silly season fell Thursday, as Jacob Allen announced plans to contest the full High Limit Racing schedule next season.
He’ll compete both for the season-long High Limit championship and the Midweek Money Series title.
Allen, who has spent the past decade on the road with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, will take his familiar Shark Racing No. 1a on the road for a different kind of challenge in 2024.
The effort will mark the first time in recent memory that the 29-year-old son of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame team owner Bobby Allen will race the majority of his season separate of his nephew and longtime teammate, Logan Schuchart.
“In 2024, I will be back to full-time racing,” Allen, a five-time feature winner with the World of Outlaws, revealed in a video posted to social media Thursday afternoon. “It’s going to look a little bit different, though. I will not be committing to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, but I’m going to be starting a new journey as I commit to the High Limit Sprint Car Series. I’m very excited about this opportunity.”
Allen, who took the second half of 2023 off from racing to focus on his wellbeing and his family after marrying wife Hannah during the 2022 offseason, has come into his own in his sprint car career over the past three years.
He broke through for his long-awaited first World of Outlaws victory in his 359th start at Dodge City (Kan.) Raceway Park in 2020, then added four more Outlaw wins in 2022 as part of the most prolific season of his career to date.
The Hanover, Pa., native’s biggest score came during the 2022 Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., when he edged Schuchart in a fan-favorite photo finish.
Allen will have a chance to return to the Silver Dollar bullring later this season for the first time since his 2022 triumph, as the Gold Cup Race of Champions becomes one of High Limit Racing’s marquee events for the first time.
He’ll also have multiple opportunities to race in his home state of Pennsylvania for big paydays, including both the May 25-26 Bob Weikert Memorial and Sept. 5-7 Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway.
Allen joins five-time World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet as the second full-time driver announced to the High Limit Racing roster for the upcoming season.
The High Limit Racing calendar begins in February at Florida’s East Bay Raceway Park and wraps up at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track in October. A $1 million dollar point fund is on offer for the series regulars.
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