Born: Dec. 3, 1937
Hometown: Hueytown, Ala.
The 1983 Cup Series champion, Allison ended his career with 84 victories, tied for third on the all-time list with Darrell Waltrip .
A charter member of the "Alabama Gang," the longtime resident of Hueytown, Ala., has become one of NASCAR's most beloved former competitors, in large part because of his remarkable resilience after a career-ending accident at Pocono Raceway in 1988 -- just several months after he won the Daytona 500.
Allison continues to be cherished by the millions of fans who remember his long list of accomplishments, including:
• The 1983 championship season;
• Three (1978, '82 '88) Daytona 500 victories -- especially the third, when he beat his son Davey to the finish, earning what would be his last victory;
• Two NASCAR Modified Special Division titles, in 1962-63;
• Two NASCAR Modified Division championships, in 1964-65;
• And his fantastic 1972 season when, driving for another legend, Junior Johnson, he won 10 races and had 12 second-place efforts in the process finishing second to Richard Petty in points.
Fittingly, Allison was named one of NASCAR's "50 Greatest Drivers" in 1998.