Bobby Allison

Stock Car Racing Driver and "alabama Gang" Member

Robert Arthur "Bobby" Allison is a former NASCAR Winston Cup driver and was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers. His two sons, Clifford and Davey Allison, followed him into racing, and both died within a year of each other.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Allison.


1937 Birth Allison was born December 3, 1937 in Miami, Florida. … Read More


1955 17 Years Old After graduating high school in 1955, Allison's mother thought she would derail his racing interest by sending him to Wisconsin to work for Mercury Outboard Motors, where her brother-in-law, Jimmy Hallett, was the national sales manager. … Read More
1956 18 Years Old Once back in Miami, 1956, Allison started his own racing again. … Read More


1959 21 Years Old So, in 1959 Allison took his brother, Donnie, Kenny Andrews—who owned a car (whose Dad owned Andy Racing Wheels) and Gil Hearne went along as Kenny's driver—along on a quest for more lucrative racing than was available in south Florida. … Read More
1962 24 Years Old Allison became a known driver and won the national championship in the modified special division in 1962.
1965 27 Years Old Allison moved full-time to the Grand National circuit in 1965 and got his first victory at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 12, 1966. … Read More


1971 33 Years Old …  The controversy lies in two races: the 1971 Myers Brothers 250 held at Bowman Gray Stadium (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), and the 1973 National 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Charlotte, North Carolina.) … Read More
1972 34 Years Old In 1972 he was voted national Driver of the Year for winning ten races and taking 11 poles (including a record 5 straight) and again in 1983 when he claimed his only championship.
1975 37 Years Old Allison ran in the Indianapolis 500 twice, with a best finish of 25th in 1975. … Read More


1983 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers, he was the 1983 Winston Cup champion and won the Daytona 500 three times in 1978, 1982, and 1988. … Read More
1987 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Allison was involved in an accident at Talladega in May 1987, that saw his car cut down a tire, turn sideways and go airborne into the protective catch fence that separates the speedway from the grandstands. … Read More


1988 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Allison won the first Daytona 500 run with restrictor plates in February 1988 by a car length over his son Davey Allison, rendering him the first driver to have won the Daytona 500 both with and without restrictor plates. … Read More
1992 54 Years Old In 1992, his younger son, Clifford Allison, was fatally injured in a practice crash for the NASCAR Busch Series race (now Xfinity Series) at Michigan International Speedway.
1993 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Bobby Allison was elected to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993.
1996 58 Years Old …  Allison was forced to close down the team due to financial problems after the 1996 season.


2008 70 Years Old Allison has actively promoted rail safety for the CSX "Keep on Living" campaign with appearances at Talladega and Daytona. On March 6, 2008, his mother, Kittie Allison, died at age 101 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
2011 73 Years Old 1 More Event
He was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. … Read More
2015 77 Years Old Judy Allison, Bobby's wife of 55-years, died December 18, 2015 following complications from surgery. … Read More
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