- 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 starts for Hoss Ellington, the Sadler Brothers, and Junior Johnson between 1985 and 1986.
After turning down Rusty Wallace, who had sponsorship from Alugard, Rainer-Lundy Racing owner Harry Rainer picked Allison to drive his number 28 Ford for a partial schedule in 1987. The pairing won twice and score Rookie of the Year honors, while picking up Texaco Havoline sponsorship early in the year.
The team was sold to engine builder Robert Yates, to former Robert Yates Racing, late in the 1998 season. To push Yates to buy the team, Allison promised to drive for him the rest of his career. It wasn’t until 1991 when the team started hitting on all cylinders. Crew chief Larry McReynolds was lured away from the King Racing organization after four races, and instantly Allison and McReynolds forged a bond that led to five victories that year and finishing third in the title hunt.
The 1992 season was a series of triumph and tragedy for Allison. He would win five times (including the Daytona 500) and win the All Star Race. 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.
Despite all of this, Allison remained locked in a tight championship battle with Alan Kulwicki and Bill Elliott. It would go down to the last race of the season, but after an accident with Ernie Irvan, Allison was left with a third place finish in the final standings.
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.
- 1987 Rookie of the Year
- 1991 World 600 winner
- 1991, 1992 NASCAR All Star Race winner
- 1992 Daytona 500 winner
- 1993 IROC champion
- 1998 Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers
- 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee
|Season||Team||Start||Pole||Win||Top-5||Top-10||DNF||Laps Comp||Lead Lap Fin||Laps Led||Races Led||DNQ||WD|
|1985||No Team Data||3||0||0||0||1||2||539||0||0||0||2||0|
|1986||No Team Data||5||0||0||0||1||2||1435||1||13||1||2||0|
|1987||No Team Data||22||5||2||9||10||6||5511||7||710||11||0||0|