The son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, Davey Allison was born with speed.
- Inducted: 2019
Born with Speed
The son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison grew up more interested in football, but could not escape the racing bug.
Following his father into the family profession, the younger Allison honed his skills at local Alabama tracks, getting his big break in 1987, taking over for legendary driver Cale Yarborough in Ranier-Lundy’s Ford Thunderbird.
Allison spent no time continuing the family’s legacy, compiling two wins, five poles and nine top fives in his full-season debut to capture 1987 premier series Rookie of the Year. Allison won 19 races and 14 poles, including the 1992 Daytona 500, before his tragic death in a helicopter accident in 1993. Months earlier Allison concluded his best premier series season, running first in the championship standings until his car was collected in an accident during the final race at Atlanta.
Despite winning his own Daytona 500, Allison’s favorite racing moment was finishing second to his father in the 1988 “Great American Race” as the pair became the first and only father-son combo to finish 1-2 in NASCAR’s biggest event.
Davey Allison's first NASCAR premier series victory comes at his home track, Talladega Superspeedway, in his rookie season. NHOF Photo Collection, Gift of R.J. Reynold Tobacco, Inc.
The "Alabama Gang", which includes Neil Bonnett, Davey Allison, Bobby Allison and Donnie Allison. Photo by Dozier Mobley/Getty Images.
In victory lane with his wife Liza and children Robbie and Krista after winning the 1992 Daytona 500. NHOF Photo Collection, Gift of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Inc.