Davey Allison’s Alabama Racing Legacy
In a career cut short by a helicopter crash in the infield at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993, David Carl “Davey” Allison won 19 NASCAR Winston Cup races, claimed 14 poles, and won over six million dollars.
Davey is the son of International Motorsports Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, and he worked in his father’s shop after school and on weekends. Davey started his own racing career in 1979 at the Birmingham International Raceway, where he finished fifth. Not long after, on May 5th, he won his first race. This win wouldn’t be his last.
Davey Allison’s honors include the AARWBA Comeback Driver of the Year, Maxwell House Sprint Award, McDonald’s All-Star team, and NMPA Driver of the Year, all in 1992. In 1991, he was named Super Ford Magazine Driver of the Year. Allison also won the 1993 IROC title posthumously as Terry Labonte drove the final race in his place. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1998 and will live on as one of Alabama’s racing legends.