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Davey Allison

Full Name:
David Carl Allison
Born:
25th February 1961
Hollywood, Florida
Died:
13th July 1993 (Aged 32)
Birmingham, Alabama, from injuries sustained in a helicopter accident
Nationality:
American
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Stock car blood ran deep in the veins of Davey and Clifford Allison. They grew up watching their father Bobby and Uncle Donnie racing across the southern states and so a career in NASCAR can have been of no surprise.

Davey Allison worked for his father’s team after leaving school and started racing in 1979. A winner within six starts, he made his Winston Cup debut in the 1985 Talladega 500 – finishing 10th with Hoss Ellington’s Chevrolet.

NASCAR Rookie of the Year

He led at the Alabama Superspeedway a year later in a one-off for Junior Johnson and signed to drive Ranier-Lundy’s Texaco Havoline Ford Thunderbird in 1987. Immediately on the pace, he qualified on pole for his second race with the team at North Carolina and won the Winston 500 at Talladega in a dramatic day for the family. Davey watched in his mirrors as his father was launched into the fencing with a number of spectators injured.

Bobby was happy to be alive and Davey won the restarted race in just his 14th NASCAR start. It was the first of two wins that May on the way to the 1987 Rookie of the Year title. A double race winner for the next three seasons, he lost the 1988 Daytona 500 to his father by just two car lengths.

Title challenge and tragedy

Allison and Texaco switched to Robert Yates Racing in 1989 and the appointment of Larry McReynolds as crew chief turned the promising but headstrong youngster into a genuine championship challenger. He began 1991 by qualifying on pole position for the opening two races of the year, including the Daytona 500. He also won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte that year – the first of a career-best five victories as he finished third in the Winston Cup standings.

1992 was a year of triumph and tragedy for Davey Allison. It started with victory in the blue ribbon Daytona 500 but his younger brother Clifford was killed while practising for the second-tier Busch Series race at Michigan. He then fractured his collarbone and right arm after rolling his car 11 times at Pocono. However, he did not miss a race and entered the final NASCAR round in the lead of the championship. However, he crashed and another third in the standings was slim reward after an emotional and ultimately unfulfilling campaign.

He remained with Yates’ Ford for a fifth season and won the third round at Richmond. Another title challenge was expected in 1993 but he crashed a newly purchased helicopter while landing at Talladega. Former driver and old family friend Red Farmer was seriously injured in the accident and Davey Allison suffered head, lung and pelvic injuries from which he died the following morning.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1993 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
1 0 1 1 31st 2104
1993 International Race Of Champions 1st -
1992 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
5 0 5 5 3rd 4015
1991 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
5 0 5 5 3rd 4088
1990 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
2 0 2 2 13th 3423
1989 Winston Cup
Robert Yates Racing
2 0 2 2 11th 3481
1988 Winston Cup
Ranier-Lundy Racing
2 0 2 2 9th 3626
1987 Winston Cup
Ranier-Lundy Racing
2 0 2 2 21st 2824
1986 Winston Cup 44th 515
1985 Winston Cup Grand National 52nd 277