Countdown to Daytona: 28

January 27, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 28 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is 28.

An iconic NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car number, one that will always be associated most closely with the late Davey Allison. Though Cale Yarborough posted the final nine of his 83 career wins in Harry Ranier’s No. 28, it is Allison who etched the number—and the distinctive Havoline paint scheme—into the collective memory of NASCAR fandom. With the 28 still assigned to Ranier, Allison finished second to his father, Bobby Allison, in the 1988 Daytona 500. That same year, Robert Yates purchased the team from Ranier, and Allison subsequently won the 1992 Daytona 500 in the No. 28 Ford.