On this day in Alabama history: Bobby Allison’s racing career ended

On this day in Alabama history: Bobby Allison’s racing career ended
NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bobby Allison poses beside his 1983 No. 22 Buick Regal, during the Hall of Honor unveiling at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 24, 2011 in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

June 19, 1988

Bobby Allison and younger brother Donnie, along with Red Farmer, set up shop in the racing hotbed of Hueytown in the early 1960s and became known as the “Alabama Gang.” That group later would include Neil and David Bonnett, and Hut Stricklin, who married Donnie Allison’s daughter. Bobby Allison won his first Grand National race in 1966 and remained competitive up until the end of his driving career when he suffered life-threatening and career-ending injuries during a 500-mile event at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Over the course of his career, Bobby Allison amassed 84 career victories and 58 pole positions in NASCAR’s top division. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1984, the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993.

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