- Donnie Allison
Donnie Allison Born September 7, 1939
Inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 20091970 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career 242 races run over 20 years Best finish 16th - 1967 (Grand National) First race 1966 Charlotte Motor Speedway Last race 1988 Michigan International Speedway First win 1968 North Carolina Speedway (Rockingham) Last win 1978 Atlanta Motor Speedway Wins Top tens Poles 10 115 17
Dunkiny "Donnie" Allison (born September 7, 1939 in Miami, Florida) is a former driver on the NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup circuit, who won ten times during his racing career, which spanned the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. He was part of the "Alabama Gang," and is the brother of 1983 champion Bobby Allison and uncle of Davey Allison. He was inducted in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.
1979 Daytona 500
Donnie is possibly most remembered for his involvement in a final-lap crash and subsequent fight with Cale Yarborough at the 1979 Daytona 500. Allison was leading the race on the final lap with Yarborough drafting him tightly. As Yarborough attempted his signature slingshot pass at the end of the backstretch, Allison attempted to block him. Yarborough refused to give ground and as he pulled alongside Allison, his left side tires left the pavement and went into the wet and muddy infield grass. As a result, Yarborough began to lose control of his car and contacted Allison's car halfway down the backstretch. As both drivers tried to regain control, their cars made contact several more times before finally locking together and crashing into the outside wall in turn three. After the cars settled in the grass, Allison and Yarborough began to argue. After they had talked it out, Bobby Allison, who was lapped at that point, pulled over and began defending his brother, and a fight broke out. It all happened on the first nationally televised NASCAR race. Richard Petty, who was over half a lap behind at the time of the crash, went on to win the race. The fight made headlines all across America. The publicity was instrumental in the growth of NASCAR.
Donnie was never a full-time NASCAR driver.
Allison also competed in the Indianapolis 500 twice, finishing 4th and winning Rookie of the Year in 1970 racing for AJ Foyt and finishing 6th in 1971.
- Donnie Allison: As I Recall... by Donnie Allison with Jimmy Creed, published by Sports Publishing L.L.C., 2005[dead link]
Sporting positions Preceded by
Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Rookies of the Year Sprint Cup1954: Pitt | 1957: Rush | 1958: Rollins | 1959: R. Petty | 1960: D. Pearson | 1961: Wilson | 1962: Cox | 1963: Wade | 1964: Cooper | 1965: McQuagg | 1966: Hylton | 1967: Do. Allison | 1968: P. Hamilton | 1969: Brooks | 1970: Dennis | 1971: Ballard | 1972: L. Smith | 1973: Pond | 1974: Ross | 1975: B. Hill | 1976: Manning | 1977: Rudd | 1978: Thomas | 1979: Earnhardt | 1980: Ridley | 1981: R. Bouchard | 1982: G. Bodine | 1983: Marlin | 1984: R. Wallace | 1985: Schrader | 1986: Kulwicki | 1987: Da. Allison | 1988: K. Bouchard | 1989: Trickle | 1990: Moroso | 1991: B. Hamilton | 1992: Hensley | 1993: Gordon | 1994: J. Burton | 1995: Craven | 1996: Benson | 1997: Skinner | 1998: Irwin | 1999: Stewart | 2000: Kenseth | 2001: Harvick | 2002: Newman | 2003: McMurray | 2004: Kahne | 2005: Ky. Busch | 2006: Hamlin | 2007: Montoya | 2008: Smith | 2009: Logano | 2010: Conway | 2011: Lally Nationwide Series1989: K. Wallace | 1990: Nemechek | 1991: J. Gordon | 1992: Craven | 1993: H. Sadler | 1994: Benson | 1995: J. Fuller | 1996: G. Allen, Jr. | 1997: Park | 1998: Santerre | 1999: Raines | 2000: Harvick | 2001: Biffle | 2002: Riggs | 2003: Stremme | 2004: Ky. Busch | 2005: C. Edwards | 2006: O'Quinn | 2007: Ragan | 2008: Cassill | 2009: Allgaier | 2010: Stenhouse, Jr. Camping World Truck
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