MOORESVILLE, N.C. – NASCAR Hall of Famer Davey Allison will be honored during the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series events at Talladega Superspeedway on April 24-25 by driver Joey Gase.
Allison, a beloved Alabama native, died following helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway in July of 1993. Allison’s organs were donated and those organs helped save the lives of four people.
Gase will driving the No. RegisterMe.org/28 Ford in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Cup Series races on April 24-25 at Talladega Superspeedway to honor Allison and to increase awareness of organ donation. April is National Donate Life Month, an opportunity to encourage people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that saved lives through the gift of donation, like Allison.
“When Davey passed, his family knew if he could no longer continue his life, he would want to do whatever he could to help others continue theirs,” said Gase. “I want to show he was a hero both during his lifetime and after. As some know, my mom was an organ donor as well. It has become a mission of mine these last 10 years to keep her legacy alive by honoring donors and donor families and to help raise awareness for organ donation. There are currently over 110,000 people on the wait list nationwide for organ transplants. When I found out Davey was a donor, I thought it would be incredibly special to be able to honor him and his family at Talladega. It will be 28 years in July since Davey passed away.”
Gase reached out to Allison’s widow, Liz Allison, for her blessing to both run the No. 28 and to honor Allison as a donor hero. Not only did he receive her blessing, but she also wanted to be involved and help get the word out about organ donation.
“I am very honored and proud for Davey to be remembered in this way, especially at our home track,” said Liz Allison. “Davey loved racing at Talladega and always loved to hear the fans cheering for him, as the hometown favorite. Having Joey bring back the 28 and Davey’s 1993 Paint scheme will be special for so many of us. Davey would want the focus to be on Donor Awareness. A big part of Davey’s legacy is being a donor hero. We will be cheering Joey on and hoping to see that 28 and those familiar colors in victory lane one more time.”