- United States
- Full Name
- David Carl Allison
- Hueytown, AL
- Date of Birth
- Date of Death
- First Year
- Last Year
Davey Allison was an American stock car driver. He was son of Bobby Allison, nephew of Donnie Allison, and brother of Clifford Allison. The Allisons, along with Red Farmer, Neil Bonnett, Hut Stricklin, and Mickey Gibbs were known in racing circles as the Alabama Gang.
After finding success in the ARCA Racing Series, Allison made select Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts in 1985 and 1986. He was picked by Rainer-Lundy Racing to take over the #28 Ford for the 1987 season. He would go on to win twice and be named Rookie of the Year.
The team was sold to engine builder Robert Yates, to former Robert Yates Racing, late in the 1998 season. By 1991, Allison was a consistent contender and scored wins in the All Star Race and World 600 that year. The addition of Larry McReynolds as crew chief early in 1991 was paying dividends and would see ALlison finish third in the final standings. Read More
The 1992 season was a series of triumph and tragedy for Allison. He would win five times (including the Daytona 500), repeat as All Star Race winner, and finish third in the standings again. On the track, he suffered injuries at Bristol in the spring (bruised shoulder), at the All Star Race (concussion and bruised lung), and at Pocono (severe concussion, broken arm, broken wrist, and broken collar bone. Off the track, he suffered the loss of his grandfather early in the year and his brother Clifford was killed during Xfinity Series practice at Michigan International Speedway.
The 1993 season got off to a slow start, despite a win at Richmond in the third event of the year. The team seemed to be turning a corner, but it was not to be as Allison would perish in a helicopter crash on July 13, 1993.
Allison was landing the helicopter at the Talladega Superspeedway with Red Farmer aboard. The two were stopping by to visit Neil Bonnett, whose son David was testing at the track. Initial reports blamed Allison for the crash, citing his inexperience flying. Later in 2003, a lawsuit by the family revealed it was a defective collective yoke that broke in the Hughes 369HS helicopter as Allison attempted his landing.
With an assist from Terry Labonte, who ran the last race, Allison was posthumously named the 1993 IROC champion. He went on to be named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998 and in 2019 was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
07/13/1993 – Allison dies after a helicopter accident at Talladega Superspeedway. Allison was attempting to land his helicopter in the infield, on July 12th, when the collective yoke broke, sending it out of control. Passenger Red Farmer was severely injured, but expected to recover.
06/10/1990 – Davey Allison makes his 100th career start at Sonoma
07/28/1985 – Davey Allison makes his first career start at Talladega
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