Bobby Allison
American stock car racing driver and "Alabama Gang" member
Bobby Allison
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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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Happy Monday everyone, here's my Top 5 for December 3, 2012 from Len Berman at 1. Quick Hits The Kansas City Chiefs broke an eight game losing streak by beating Carolina 27-21 a day after linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager. New England clinched the AFC East yesterday, a record 10th for quarterback Tom Brady. Denver clinched the AFC West and Atlanta clinched the NFC South. Houston also clinched a playoff spot. It'll be Alabama vs. Notre Dame for the BCS Championship after Alabama beat Georgia 32-28 in a thriller. Long-time college basketball coach Rick Majerus has died at the age of 64 of heart failure. He led Utah to the 1998 NCAA Championship game. The baseball winter meetings begin today in Nashville. 2. Quarterback Controversy It's the most fun you can have as a fan: a quarterback controversy. Just ask the 49ers. Alex Smith lost his job to Colin Kaepe ...
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LEE SPENCER: Penske Finally Lands Sprint Cup Title
Fox News - about 4 years
If anyone could have bought a NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, it would have been Roger Penske.The affable racer-turned-industrialist certainly could rely on his resources to support his motorsports habit.And while Penske’s success in open-wheel racing is unprecedented, with 15 Indianapolis 500 victories and 12 IndyCar titles, his return on investment in the form of hardware has not been nearly as profitable over four decades of stock-car competition.Yes, the Captain enlisted champions and Hall of Famers such as Bobby Allison, Rusty Wallace and Kurt Busch in his quest for NASCAR’s Cup.
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Suffolk Professor Dresses in Pilgrim Garb & Shares a Thanksgiving Tale on the Boston Common [Video]
BostInnovation - over 4 years
“Winter cometh” here in New England, and Suffolk University Professor Bob Allison took to the Boston Common decked out in full pilgrim garb to share the tale behind Thanksgiving. Allison has a history of, well, repeating history. He is on the board of overseers for the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and president of the South Boston Historical Society. He’s also written several books on the city’s history, focused on pivotal events ranging from the Boston Tea Party to the Boston Massacre. The video below shows off Allison’s beatnik style, and Suffolk’s Director of Digital and Social Media says this will be the first installment of many slam poetry pieces Allison films. So, check Allison out. If anything, at least you’ll have a fact or two to bring to the Thanksgiving table and impress your grandparents with.
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CUP: Keselowski Says Everything Felt Right
Fox News - over 4 years
In his Hall of Fame NASCAR career, Bobby Allison won 84 races in what is now known as the Sprint Cup Series.
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Boys grew up and helped city
News-Leader - over 4 years
Springfield I watched two boys grow into men. Then I watched them use their wealth to better our Springfield community. It is with pride and pleasure I say thanks to Jeff Hutchens and Bobby Allison.
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CUP: Dodge Nameplate Has Solid NASCAR History
Fox News - over 4 years
The names read like a hall of fame of stock car racing – Richard Petty, Lee Petty, David Pearson, Cotton Owens, Carl Kiekhaefer, Tim Flock, Bobby Isaac, Bill Elliott, Buck Baker, Ray Evernham, Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker.All rode to NASCAR success – at one level or another – in Chrysler products.The manufacturer’s involvement at the top rung of stock car racing also produced one of auto racing’s iconic and most memorable vehicles – the winged Dodge Daytona.
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Recently elected Hall of Famer Cotton Owens dies
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
COLUMBIA, S.C. — NASCAR pioneer Cotton Owens died Thursday morning. The Hall of Famer who made his mark as a driver and owner was 88. Kimberly Meesters of the NASCAR Hall of Fame confirmed Owens passing through his family. Meesters said Owens died peacefully. The Owens family thanked fans for their well wishes, but requested privacy in this difficult time. Owens, who lived in Spartanburg, was part of the Hall's class of 2013 that was announced two weeks ago in Charlotte. He'll be inducted in February along with Rusty Wallace, Leonard Wood and the late Buck Baker and Herb Thomas. Owens, whose given name was Everett, won nine times on NACAR's top circuit including the Daytona Beach, Fla., road course that marked Pontiac's first win in NASCAR. He was perhaps better known as an owner, fielding cars for Hall of Fame drivers like Junior Johnson and David Pearson. Owens won nine times as a driver and 38 as an owner. "While Cotton was a racing legend with an incredible racing 'family, ...
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NFL can learn a lot from racing world, which once resisted sensible advancements
Mile High Report - almost 5 years
NFL can learn a lot from racing world, which once resisted sensible advancements An outside football perspective on "Football Safety" from ESPN "I must have heard a hundred people screaming about not wanting people to mess with the games, about football becoming too soft," said Bobby Allison, the NASCAR champion who had his legendary career cut short in 1988 by a series of frightening injuries. "All I could think was, man, all this sure does sound like all of us in racing not so long ago."
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3 Men Arrested After Rockport Drug Raid
KZTV 10- Corpus Christi; TX - almost 5 years
ROCKPORT - Rockport Police and Aransas County deputies arrested three suspected drug dealers after raiding their home. Officers carried out several boxes of evidence after conducting a raid at the home on South Doughty. Police tell us they had been monitoring the house for the last few days and saw several "deals" being made. And Friday night around 5pm, police made their move. 13 people were standing in the front yard scattered as cops rolled up. They managed to catch all 13 of them for questioning. Officers searched the home and found 12 grams of crack cocaine and over two ounces of pot. They also seized over $3,000 in cash. Three men were arrested in suspicion of dealing drugs, they are 30 year old Bobby Allison Jr., 28 year old Bryan Anthony Soliz, and 25 year old Thomas Avery Simmons. One more man was arrested for on a different warrant but was not handed drug charges. Allison, Soliz and Simmons were each charged with the manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substanc ...
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National Sports Briefs
Salisbury Post - almost 5 years
Associated Press NEW YORK — Megatron is a mega hit with Madden fans. Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was selected Wednesday to appear on the cover of Madden NFL ‘13, the popular video game, in a vote by fans. Johnson beat out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, by garnering 52 percent of the more than 651,000 votes in the competition between the playmakers. ESPN revealed the results live on its “SportsNation” show in New York’s Times Square. “Man, it’s great,” a smiling Johnson said. “Just to see yourself on this Madden (cover) and seeing all the guys that have been on Madden? C’mon, man.” Former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, was on last year’s game cover. Other players to have appeared on the cover of the EA Sports game include Marshall Faulk, Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Brett Favre and Drew Brees. Johnson, who said he was “shocked” to win the vote, had 96 catches f ...
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Hamlin picking up wins, pressing out biscuits
Times News - almost 5 years
DARLINGTON, S.C. — Denny Hamlin’s on such a winning roll this NASCAR season, even his biscuits turned out great. Hamlin won last week at Kansas Speedway, his second Sprint Cup victory of the year. Now, Hamlin is heading to Richmond, one of his favorite layouts. It’s a place where he’s won two of the past four races and usually where he kicks his season into high gear. Hamlin is eager to keep things going. “Nothing says I can’t win four, five in a row here the next few weeks,” he said Wednesday. “It just seems like there are a bunch of good tracks here for us.” These days, almost anything Hamlin gets a hand in becomes a success. He’s having one of his best starts since joining the Sprint Cup series full time in 2006, winning at Phoenix and Kansas and posting top fives at Daytona and Bristol. He’s fifth in points and, with two wins, already has his eyes on NASCAR’s championship chase. Earlier this month, Hamlin caddied for good friend Bubba Watson in the Masters’ par-3 tourname ...
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Gordon stands apart from Waltrip, Allison - Nascar
Google News - over 5 years
COM Before Jeff Gordon took over sole possession of third place on NASCAR's all-time win list behind Richard Petty and David Pearson, he shared the spot with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison at 84 officially sanctioned wins. However, the three drivers ... - -
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Mike Brudenell: Remembering a night for the racers - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
JARRAD HENDERSON/Detroit Free Press Stu Grant of Akron, Ohio, hugs Bobby Allison during the festivities. There was Michael Johnson, the paralyzed, open-wheel driver from Mt. Morris, talking with Roger Penske, the iconic, billionaire race team owner
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BUSINESS: Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction report -
Google News - over 5 years
Among the presenters were current Hall members and motorsports legends Bobby Unser (McCluskey), “Big Daddy” Don Garlits (Winfield), Bobby Allison (Donnie Allison), and Roger Penske (Pabst) who were joined by a trio of expert broadcasters and announcers
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Brothers Bobby, Donnie Allison recall Daytona rumble - Detroit Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
From left, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America drivers Bobby Allison, Bobby Unser, Tom D'Eath, Elliott Forbes Robinson, Donnie Allison and Ed McCulloch swap stories at Tuesday's luncheon at the Detroit Yacht Club. / WILLIAM ARCHIE/Detroit Free Press BY
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Feuds have long been a NASCAR tradition - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
It was the first time the race was televised live, and it ended with a fistfight between Bobby Allison, his brother Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough. The drama of that event — one Bobby Allison likes to remember as "Cale beating on my fist with his
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Bobby Allison's top five career accomplishments: A fan's opinion - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Contributor Network Aug 18, 11:43 am EDT Bobby Allison, who had a prolific NASCAR career and managed to win more than 80 races, is considered one of the best professional drivers of all time. To commemorate Allison's auto racing career, I have created
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Bobby Allison brings smiles and rain to Huntsville Speedway - The Huntsville Times -
Google News - over 5 years
By Ronnie White NASCAR Hall of Fame legend Bobby Allison returns to Huntsville Speedway. (Photo by Buster Walker.) HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Bobby Allison may want to add another title to his long list that includes Leader of the Alabama Gang and NASCAR
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Allison
  • 2015
    Judy Allison, Bobby's wife of 55-years, died December 18, 2015 following complications from surgery.
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  • 2011
    On May 23, 2011, Bobby Allison was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
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    He was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Early in the 1979 Daytona 500, Bobby, his brother Donnie and rival Cale Yarborough tangled early in the race. Donnie led the second half of the race while Yarborough made up his lost laps through caution periods. By the time there were 8 laps to go, Yarborough reached second place and set his eyes on passing Donnie. Bobby was two laps down and was 1/4 mile ahead of the two rivals as Yarborough and Donnie crashed on the final lap. Richard Petty went by and won the race. Bobby passed the wreckage finished the race and on his way back around Bobby stopped to check on his brother and make sure he wasn't hurt. He pulled over to the wreck site to offer Donnie a ride to the garage area. Cale Yarborough ran up to Bobby and, according to Bobby, Cale was yelling that Bobby was at fault and hit him in the face with his helmet—cutting his nose and his lip. Bobby climbed out and a fist-fight broke out.
  • 2008
    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.
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  • 1996
    Allison was forced to close down the team due to financial problems after the 1996 season.
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  • 1993
    Later in 1993, his son Davey was killed in a helicopter accident at Talladega Superspeedway. Three years after these major tragedies, he and his wife Judy divorced. Four years after their divorce, while attending their daughter-in-law's wedding, they reconnected. They were remarried in July 2000 and remained together until her death in 2015.
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    Bobby Allison was elected to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993.
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  • 1992
    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.
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  • 1988
    On June 19, 1988, at the midpoint of the 1988 season, Allison crashed on lap 1 of the Miller High Life 500.
    More Details Hide Details Initially he survived a head-on hit into the outside barrier but then suddenly Jocko Maggiacomo t-boned Allison in the driver's side of the car. Allison nearly died. When he reached a local hospital he was initially declared dead. Medical assistance saved his life. Because he had to go through a rehab program from his vegetative state, he retired from driving in NASCAR.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He is the oldest driver (50 years) ever to win the Daytona 500. Bobby and Davey Allison are the first one-two father/son finish in the Daytona 500. As a result of permanent injuries in a crash at Pocono (see below), Bobby now has no memory of the final win of his career or of celebrating together with his son in victory lane.
  • 1987
    NASCAR then mandated smaller carburetors for the remaining 1987 events at Talladega and Daytona.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, NASCAR mandated restrictor plates at Daytona and Talladega to keep speeds under.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The impact, at over, tore out over 100 yards of fencing. Parts and pieces of the car went flying into the grandstand injuring several spectators. This was the same race where Bill Elliott had set the all-time qualifying record at.
  • 1983
    He was NASCAR Winston Cup Champion in 1983 driving for DiGard Racing. The 1982 Daytona 500 was fraught with controversy that became known as "Bumpergate".
    More Details Hide Details He also won the Firecracker 400 in 1982, making Allison the fourth driver to sweep both Sprint Cup point races at Daytona in the same year. Of note, after Allison accomplished this, no driver repeated such a feat until Jimmie Johnson did it in 2013.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His two sons, Clifford and Davey Allison, followed him into racing, and both died within a year of each other.
  • 1975
    Allison ran in the Indianapolis 500 twice, with a best finish of 25th in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details His NASCAR team owners included DiGard, Junior Johnson & Associates, and Roger Penske, for whom Allison scored four of the five NASCAR wins for American Motors' Matador. The other AMC victory was accomplished by Mark Donohue also racing for Penske in 1973 at Riverside. He raced in NASCAR as a driver/owner of an AMC Matador.
  • 1972
    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.
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  • 1971
    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.)
    More Details Hide Details Due to reduced sponsorship money being given out by the "Big Three" automobile companies in Detroit, some Winston Cup teams chose not to enter some of the smaller prize-money races of the large 48-event season (only 14 cars entered the 1971 Space City 300), leading NASCAR to allow its "minor league" Grand American Series drivers (itself suffering from a massive decrease in events versus its 1970 season) to enter six of the Winston Cup races. For these races, Grand American Series "pony cars", such as the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, and AMC Javelin, were competing against the larger Grand National Series cars, featuring the Chevrolet Chevelle, Ford Torino Talladega, Dodge Charger Daytona, and Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird. The 1971 Myers Brothers 250 was held August 6, 1971 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The first car to cross the finish line after 250 laps was driven by Allison. Knowing that the pony car would handle better on the flat track of that race, and the race following at West Virginia International Speedway, Allison had chosen to race his Grand American 1970 Ford Mustang, No. 49, sponsored by Rollins Leasing, and owned by Melvin Joseph. (Joseph was the head of Dover International Speedway until his death in 2005.) As he was not racing in a Grand National car, he never received credit in that series, but was credited with a Grand American Series win.
  • 1965
    Allison moved full-time to the Grand National circuit in 1965 and got his first victory at Oxford Plains Speedway on July 12, 1966.
    More Details Hide Details During the course of his career, Bobby Allison accumulated 84 credited victories and 2 uncredited victories making him fourth all-time, tied with Darrell Waltrip, including three victories at the Daytona 500 in 1978, 1982 and 1988, where he finished one-two with his son, Davey Allison.
  • 1962
    Allison became a known driver and won the national championship in the modified special division in 1962.
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  • 1959
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Their searching led them to the Montgomery Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama, where he was told of a race that very night in Midfield, Alabama near Birmingham. Allison entered and finished 5th in that race, which paid more than finishing 2nd in any big race in South Florida. He went to Montgomery the next night won the preliminary races and finished 2nd in the feature winning $400. He had found his lucrative racing. The brothers returned home and Bobby talked his friend Red Farmer) into coming back to Alabama with him. They had immediate success and soon they began answering to the name The Alabama Gang.
  • 1956
    Once back in Miami, 1956, Allison started his own racing again.
    More Details Hide Details His parents said he couldn't race and live at home, so Allison came up with a fictitious name (Bob Sunderman) which was used only once as he finished good enough to make the Sunday paper and his Dad saw it and knew who it was and told him that if he was going to race to do it with honor and use his own name.
  • 1955
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Unbeknownst to her, Carl Kiekhaefer was the owner of Mercury Outboard Motors, where Allison ended up working as a mechanic and an engine tester. Carl Kiekhaefer also owned racecars. While employed at Mercury Outboard Motors, Allison worked in the boat division for 10 months, then was transferred to the racecar division. During the 2 months he worked in the racecar division for Carl Kiekhaefer, he went to 19 races—mostly grand national (today known as the Sprint Cup), and a few Convertible races. Everyone of those races was won by a Carl Kiekhaefer car from the shop in which he worked. Carl Kiekhaefer was a hard person to work for and several people got fired, so Allison decided to go back to Miami after only a little over 2 months.
  • 1937
    Allison was born December 3, 1937 in Miami, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details He entered his first race as a senior at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School in Miami. Since he was only 17, he had to have his parents' permission so he thought when his mother said ok, it was forever, but she thought it was for only one race.
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