On This Day

Bobby Allison

Full Name: Robert Arthur Allison
Profession: Auto Racer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Three-time winner of the Daytona 500 in 1978, 1982 and 1988 and was the Winston Cup NASCAR season champion in 1983.

Born: December 3, 1937
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
Age: 83 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Historical Events

  • 1978-02-19 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison takes lead with 11 laps remaining; lowest starting position (33rd) for winner until 2007
  • 1980-02-17 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins ahead of Bobby Allison and Neil Bonnett
  • 1981-02-15 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins record 7th title at Daytona, beating Bobby Allison to the line by 3.5 seconds
  • 1982-02-14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins with margin of victory over Cale Yarborough an impressive 23 seconds, more than half a lap
  • 1983-11-20 33rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Allison wins
  • 1988-02-14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison beats his son, Davey, to the finish line; remembered for Richard Petty's rollover crash in the tri-oval on lap 106, rolls over 8 times and hit by Brett Bodine; walks away unhurt

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