Bobby Allison, the 1983 champion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, ended his career with 84 victories -- tied for third on the all-time victory list with Darrell Waltrip.
Hometown: Hueytown, Ala.
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:
His 1983 championship season:
-- His 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.
-- His two NASCAR Modified Division championships, in 1964 and 1965.
-- His two NASCAR Modified Special Division titles in 1962-63.
-- And his fantastic 1972 season when he won 10 races, had 12 second-place efforts and 11 poles, in the process finishing second to Richard Petty in the series championship standings.
Fittingly, Allison was named one of NASCAR’s “50 Greatest Drivers” in 1998.