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Davey Allison - Allison Legacy

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Davey Allison was part of a famed racing family with a legacy for excellence—and tragedy. He knew the dangers of his sport, as did the other Allisons. "Through this whole thing, nobody ever heard me say, 'why me?'" he said after his brother, Clifford's death. "The thing to do is retain the memories and prepare to live every day the best I can, on and off the track."

"Davey Allison grew up in this sport and, from a small child into adulthood, dedicated his life to it," NASCAR president Bill France, Jr., said upon Allison's death.

"There are no guarantees in life," John Sonderegger wrote in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Davey Allison knew all too well how precarious this world can be….Davey once said that if he were killed in a racing crash, 'I'd die with a smile on my face.' That pretty much is the way race-car drivers accept the risk. But Allison didn't die on the track."

Awards and Accomplishments

1987 Becomes first Winston Cup series rookie to qualify to start in the front row at the Daytona 500.
1987 Wins his first Winston 500 race
1987 Named NASCAR rookie of the year
1989 Wins his second Winston 500 race
1991 Leads in more races (23) than any other driver
1992 Wins his third Winston 500 race
1992 Leads in more laps (1,377) than any other driver
1992 Wins Daytona 500
1993 Wins International Race of Champions at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama
1996 Inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association's Stock Car Hall of Fame (posthumous)
1997 Inducted into the Bristol (TN) Motor Speedway's Heroes of Bristol Hall of Fame (posthumous)
1998 Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (posthumous)

Noting Kulwicki's death in a plane crash three months earlier, Sonderegger wrote, "That's one reason there is so much pain in the NASCAR family. Two of the sport's brightest young stars died in accidents that had nothing to do with racing cars."

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