Alabama Gang through the years
By RJ Kraft | Monday, May 1, 2017
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Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison and Charles 'Red' Farmer together again. The trio made up the original Alabama Gang
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Neil Bonnett, Donnie Allison and Bobby Allison together at Darlington Raceway. Although often tagged as the Alabama Gang, the original Alabama Gang consisted of the two Allisons and Red Farmer.
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Davey Allison, center left, poses with father Bobby Allison, center right, his uncle Donnie Allison, right, and former driver Neil Bonnett, left, before the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, 1991.
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Davey Allison listens to veteran Red Farmer in the garage area prior to the running of the Talladega DieHard 500. Farmer was a mentor for the young driver during his career and also served as Allison's crew chief in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
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Good friends Dale Earnhardt and Neil Bonnett before a race at Martinsville Speedway. Bonnett was adopted into the Alabama Gang, while Earnhardt was not a member but largely embraced by the Talladega fans thanks to his 10 wins at the track.
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Driver Bobby Allison celebrates his son, Clifford Allison's ninth birthday before the American 500 race on Oct. 21, 1973 at Rockingham. Clifford would make 22 starts in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
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Red Farmer was a mentor to Bobby Allison's son, Davey Allison, throughout Davey's career. Davey won 19 times in the premier series before his untimely passing.
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Bobby Allison, driver of the No. 12 Buick, celebrates with his son Davey after winning the 1988 Daytona 500. Bobby had three Daytona 500 wins in his career, and this one came in his last Daytona start.
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Clifford Allison and Hut Stricklin discuss strategy before a short track Late Model race. Both drivers were Alabama natives and adopted into the Alabama Gang either as second-generation drivers or through location.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. spent time with the Alabama Gang to promote the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway in 2016. With six wins at the 2.66-mile track, Dale Jr. is beloved by Talladega fans.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has an appreciation of NASCAR's rich history and was made an honorary member of the Alabama Gang during a stop at the track in September of 2016 to promote the fall race.
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Bobby Allison driver of the No. 15 Ford celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the 1978 Daytona 500. Allison was part of the 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame class -- the only Alabama Gang member in the Hall.
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Bobby Allison won the 1983 championship after five runner-up finishes in the standings. He finished his NASCAR top series career with his 84 wins, tied for fourth all time.
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One of the lasting images of Donnie Allison's NASCAR career was his involvement in a fight, with Bobby Allison, against Cale Yarborough after Yarborough and Donnie Allison crashed on the final lap while battling for the lead in the 1979 Daytona 500. The incident happened before a live nationwide TV audience, and is said to have spiked a huge interest in ticket sales for upcoming NASCAR races that year.
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Donnie Allison enjoys Victory Lane after winning the 1971 Winston 500 race at Alabama International Motor Speedway. The race featured a trio of firsts. It was Allison's first-ever start at Talladega and his first win for the Wood Brothers since taking over the ride from A. J. Foyt. Allison had 10 wins in his premier series career.
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Red Farmer celebrates his win in the Permatex 300 NASCAR Sportsman race at Daytona. Farmer made 36 starts in NASCAR's top series.
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Even today, Red Farmer is still racing. He typically competes in Late Model races near Talladega.
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Davey Allison and his crew celebrate in Victory Lane following their win in the 1987 Winston 500. It was Allison's first career premier series win.
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Davey Allison won 19 times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Sadly, Allison passed away following a helicopter accident. Allison is among the nominees to be part of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
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Neil Bonnett grew up in Bessemer, Alabama. Bonnett raced for 20 years in NASCAR's top series before an accident at Daytona in 1994 led to his passing.
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In his career, Neil Bonnett won 18 times in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Among his victories were back-to-back World 600 wins in 1982 and 1983 as well as three victories at Rockingham.
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Jimmy Means grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and made 455 starts in NASCAR's top series. Today, he is a race team owner in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
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Neil Bonnett and son, David, who did some late model racing are together in this photo. David made 19 starts in what is now the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
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Bobby Allison watches as his son, Clifford Allison, work on the engine of his dad's Late Model Stock car before a race at Phoenix International Raceway in 1987. Allison made 22 starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series before an accident at Michigan took his life at age 27.
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A native of Calera, Alabama, Hut Stricklin drove for 16 years in NASCAR's top series. He made 328 starts with 29 top 10s including two runner-up finishes.
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A native of Glencoe, Alabama, Gibbs made 36 premier series starts over four seasons in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.