In a life cut tragically short because of a helicopter accident at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993, it was almost as if Davey Allison knew he had to make his mark quickly. Allison won twice as a rookie in 1987 – at Talladega and Dover Downs International. His legacy will be honored with induction into the 2019 Hall of Fame.
Because of his untimely death, Allison lacks the numbers of other Hall of Fame members. He never earned a championship and scored only 19 wins. But then again, he started only 191 races at NASCAR’s top level, which gives him a winning percentage of 10 percent.
And he may have come within 43 laps of winning the 1992 championship before he was eliminated in an accident in the season-ending Hooters 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Allison raced for his family and the fans. He won the 1992 Daytona 500, but counted a second-place finish in that race as his favorite memory – because it came on the bumper of his father Bobby Allison, who was inducted in the Hall in 2011.
In a phone interview with Krista Voda and Kyle Petty, Davey’s widow Liz Allison recalled the relationship Davey had with the people who supported him.
“To me, the most special thing about Davey was his relationship with his fans,” Liz Allison said. “He just had a way of being able to relate and the fans felt like they were truly a part of Davey – a part of his team.”
Liz described instances when she had to pry Davey away from the fence because he was busy signing autographs.
The positivity Davey gave to the fans also impacted his attitude behind the wheel.
“He always was an upper,” Bobby Allison said after the announcement that Davey would join him in the Hall. “When things went wrong, he always would say ‘we’ll get ‘em tomorrow, and we’ll be fine.’”
Man I’m pumped. Finished 7th in the feature which puts us in a B-main on Saturday. The most complete night I felt like I’ve ever put together. @csishocks@JoeySaldana and @BLzerotwo gave me a bad ass racecar!!
StarCom Racing has named Wayne Carroll as crew chief for driver Landon Cassill in the 2019 Cup season, NBC Sports has confirmed.
Carroll served as crew chief for 12 Cup races last season on StarCom Racing’s No. 99 car, working with several drivers including Derrike Cope, Gray Gaulding, Kyle Weatherman and three races with Cassill.
After leasing a charter from Richard Childress Racing for the No. 00 last season, StarCom purchased the charter for the same car for this season. The No. 00 and 99 will also have ECR motors under the hood for both Cassill and teammate Derrike Cope.
Also, Tony Furr, who served as crew chief for both Cassill and Jeffrey Earnhardt last season with StarCom, has accepted a similar position with Mullins Racing in the ARCA Racing Series, the team announced Tuesday.
Furr will serve as crew chief for the No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford driven by team owner and 2018 Daytona ARCA runner-up Willie Mullins in the ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil 200 on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway.
Furr has spent much of his career in the Cup Series, working with numerous stars including Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek, John Andretti, Ward Burton, Jerry Nadeau and others.
Furr has two Cup Series wins as a crew chief, one with Andretti in the summer race at Daytona in 1997 and one with Nadeau at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2000.
A public memorial service for J.D. Gibbs will be held at 11:30 a.m. ET Jan. 25 at Davidson College’s John M. Belk Arena in Davidson, North Carolina. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
Gibbs, the eldest son of car owner Joe Gibbs, died Jan. 11 after a battle with a degenerative neurological disease. J.D. Gibbs was 49.
On a website honoring Gibbs’ legacy, it states that in lieu of flowers, the Gibbs family requests donations to the J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund. The fund has been established to honor Gibbs and his passion for the Young Life Ministry, which he served as a member of the National Board.
The J.D. Gibbs Legacy Fund has two specific objectives that reflect J.D.’s passion for outreach:
To ensure “every kid” in the greater Charlotte region can be reached with the gospel, the Fund will provide the support necessary to reach adolescents from all socioeconomic backgrounds, those with special needs, and teen moms.
Young Life’s Windy Gap Camp in the mountains of N.C. has been a favorite of J.D.’s and his family for many years. Windy Gap is located just 15 miles north of Asheville, N.C. and the Fund will be used to support the construction of a new dining hall as well as additional facility improvements.