Racer Of The Day: Donnie Allison

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Donnie Allison is a 10-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner. (NASCAR Photo)
Donnie Allison is a 10-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner. (NASCAR Photo)

With most of the motorsports world on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve decided to highlight some of the sport’s legends on a daily basis. We begin each story within the pages of National Speed Sport News.

Long ago, Bobby Allison issued a challenge to his younger brother, Donnie, saying that he’d never become a race car driver.

Donnie Allison took Bobby’s words to heart and translated them into years of success.

Allison entered NASCAR’s Grand National division in the mid-1960s and earned rookie-of-the-year honors in 1967.

As an original member of the famed “Alabama Gang,” Allison won 10 Cup Series races and 17 poles in 239 career starts. He posted 78 top-five finishes and 115 top 10s.

Perhaps the most notable moment in Allison’s career was when, on national television, he and Bobby brawled with Cale Yarborough after a last-lap incident in the 1979 Daytona 500.

But Allison’s success wasn’t limited to stock cars. Allison entered the 1970 Indianapolis 500 in a car fielded by A.J. Foyt, finishing fourth and earning the top rookie award. Six days later, he won the World 600 at Charlotte in a stock car.

He also won five Grand American events and competed in IROC.

Allison’s career came to a halt after a crash in the 1981 World 600. He competed in only 13 Cup races after that.

(From left) Neil Bonnett, Donnie Allison and Bobby Allison. (NASCAR Photo)
(From left) Neil Bonnett, Donnie Allison and Bobby Allison. (NASCAR Photo)