A Tribute to Davey Allison
All race fans know some one who was a Davey Fan.
I know Steve. So Wilkie, this is for you.
DAVEY CARL ALLISON
2-25-61 - 7-13-93
He was the son of racing great Bobby Allison and his wife Judy. Davey was born on the eve of Bobby's first Daytona 500. For some reason that seems appropriate. Davey raced cars in the Limited Sportsman events, NASCAR Grand American, ARCA, Busch Grand National, NASCAR Dash, All Pro, ASA, DIRT, Grand American and International Sedan (now DASH) then finally, Winston Cup.
His first race was on April 22, 1979. His first car was a Chevy Nova and it was built from the ground up by Davey and the members of the "Peach Fuzz Gang". They set out to conquer the world. Davey's very first win came on May 5th, 1979 at Birmingham International Raceway. The "Peach Fuzz Gang" was a name given to them because of the fabled "Alabama Gang" that included his dad Bobby and Uncle Donnie.
Davey Allison was one of those drivers that attracted fans. He came from a talented and legendary racing family. He was a regular Joe just like his daddy, Bobby & Uncle Donnie that the average race fan could relate. To this day, over 3/4th’s of the Yates fans we talk to are 88, 38 or Yates fans because they were Davey’s Fans. Jamie McMurray has said he can not believe the number of fans he has met that tell him they are now his fans because Havoline is Jamie's sponsor and the connection to Davey is still there. After 11 years, they just can't let go.
He was taken from us just as he was skyrocketing towards a championship. He & crew chief Larry Mac had a bond that showed its greatness on the track. In 1992 he went into the last race at Atlanta as a favorite to take the championship. He had overcome a year which saw the Allison’s lose Bobby’s father & Davey’s brother, Clifford. It was also a season for Davey riddled with wrecks & injuries at Bristol, Martinsville & a horrendous wreck at Pocono where he barrel rolled the car 11 times.
Through sheer grit & determination Davey fought back to hold the points lead going into Atlanta for the finally race. He was taken out of the race early when he caught up by a spinning Ernie Irvin. Alan Kulwicki won the championship that year in what is probably the last championship for a driver/owner.
The sport was dealt a devastating blow when early in 1993 we lost our champion, Alan. Later that year with the death of Davey Allison, our sport lost the heir apparent to the championship. Davey Allison died as a result of a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway on July 13, 1993. Racing legend Red Farmer was a passenger in the helicopter and survived the crash.
We can now only wonder what would have been. I think that’s the reason it bothers Real Race Fans that the legendary black Havoline #28 isn’t out there any more. At least while we had that car on the track every week we still had a piece of Davey.
Perhaps the greatest honor that has been bestowed on Davey (in his memory) is the Davey Allison Walk of Fame. Texaco Walk of Fame
The citizens of Alabama created this park to honor their fallen son, Davey Allison. They induct drivers into the walk of fame every year, one retired and one active.
Fan Favorite Voting is held every year.
Hey Davey……Real Race Fans still miss you today.
Winston Cup Starts: 191
Top 5: 66
Top 10: 92
1st Winston Cup race: 1985 - Talladega
1st Full Season: 1987
1st Winston Cup Win: 1987 - Talladega (Winston 500)
Below are some quotes from Davey and about Davey and websites that honor Davey. I have to say that when I researched this article, I was surprised at all the sites and pages dedicated to Davey. Actually I really wasn't surprised when I think about all of Davey's fans I have met over the years. I could believe it but doubt new fans will understand the devotion to a man who left us 11 years ago.
To all the long time fans go read these and honor the champion that was but was never crowned.
To all the new fans, go spend a few minutes understanding who Davey was and how he touched so many fans.
Bobby's website has sections devoted to Davey and Clifford, along with Neil Bonnett and the other members of the fabled Alabama Gang.
Written by a Fan of Davey's.
A Poem for Davey
Very good bio on Davey
A fan's tribute to his driver
A page created by his sponsor
RPMAllen.com GREAT Photos
GREAT Collage of pictures
“It’s not one area or another. It’s the whole team as a unit”. Davey Allison
"I am honored to be the driver of Davey's car. The #28 Havoline always has been & always will be Davey's car. I'm just allowed to drive it." Ricky Rudd when inducted into the Walk of Fame.
"I think Davey had a way about him that made people feel special when he spoke with them. When he was around them he had just a rare quality that was truly a star quality. I think people were drawn to him because of that. It has really lasted all of these year. He was a great guy." Liz Allison
“I realized I better enjoy & appreciate & contribute as much as I can today because all of this could be gone tomorrow." Davey Allison after watching replays of his Pocono crash in 1992 that began with being touched on the rear fender by Darrell Waltrip and completing 11 frightening barrel rolls in the infield
“Darlington is tough. The third turn got me again, but this time I took out Dad, too. That really hurts”. Davey Allison
“We must accept life as it goes along, and do the best with the hand we’ve been dealt. Our religious beliefs and the racing fraternity helped Judy & me”. Bobby Allison
“Davey Allison was a heck of a tough competitor, a good friend and a great racer.” Dale Earnhardt. Hey Ironhead….I’m sure glad Davey was there when you arrived.
“Davey Allison was a blessing”. Eli Gold.
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