Atlanta Motor Speedway’s hometown to honor Hall of Famer Bobby Allison

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Even though he retired from racing nearly 30 years ago, the honors keep coming for NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison.

On March 2, the 79-year-old Allison will be inducted into the city of Hampton, Georgia’s Speedway Lane Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. ET at Hampton’s downtown Depot Park.

Hampton, of course, is the home of Atlanta Motor Speedway, which hosts all three NASCAR racing series that weekend (March 3-5).

Established in 2013, Hampton’s Speedway Lane Hall of Fame will honor Allison’s legacy that includes being a five-time winner at AMS, 1983 Winston Cup Series champion and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011.

Allison joins several other NASCAR luminaries in the Speedway Lane Hall including Rex White, NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (six-time AMS winner) and five-time AMS winner Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon (five-time AMS winner), Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith and Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark.

During his 27-year NASCAR career, Allison, a native of Hueytown, Alabama and one of the founding members of “The Alabama Gang,” earned 85 wins, including three in the Daytona 500.

He also earned 446 top-10 finishes, 85 poles and was a seven-time choice as most popular driver in the Winston Cup Series.

In addition to his five wins at Atlanta, which ties him for fifth on the track’s all-time wins list, Allison also recorded 17 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes in 48 career starts at the 1.5-mile track.

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