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16 years ago today we lost Davey Allison


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#1 Chris Hughes

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 11:11 AM

It was July 13th 1993 that Davey Allison piloted his helicopter to Talladega Superspeedway to see Neil Bonnent's son turn some laps at the track. He and Red Farmer were in the aircraft when he crashed it at the track.

Farmer survived but Allison died before even reaching the peak of his career.

From the time he started racing full-time, he quickly started becoming one of the best in the sport. From winning twice his rookie year to finishing second the following year to his father in the Daytona 500, Allison was truly a rising star.

He really started stretching his legs and winning races in 1990 and in 1992 he was the best driver on the circut and lost the championship that year due to being wrecked by Ernie Irvan at Atlanta.

I have no doubt that Davey would have won a championship or two and may even still be racing today. He would be the same age as Michael Waltrip.

It's amazing what one event can do to the sport, imagine if he wasn't dead what the sport may be today? Robert Yates Racing may still be intact, Dale Earnhardt may not have reached 7 championships, Jeff Gordon may not have been the best driver of the 90's. But we can only say what if...

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#2 Rick Harrington

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 01:26 PM

Has it been that long? A champ with class. Now we have prima donas.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 02:28 PM

No doubt if Davey had lived, and Earnhardt had lived, this sport would be a different landscape. I don't think it would be the corporate failure it's close to becoming because these guys would have kept a fire under Brian France.

The racing may be good but the sport itself is on thin thin ice because of corporate mistakes and not listening to fans.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 04:51 PM

Everything has become too vanilla. That can be blamed on Brian France and his political correctness. Oh for the days of the Earnhart/Bodine madness.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:10 PM

If the Earnhardt / Bodine, Earnhardt / Jaws, Cale / Bobby / Donnie incidents would have happend on Brian Frances' watch...they would have been suspended for weeks at a time.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 08:22 PM

'O for thew old day at Hickory Motor Speedway, first you would have qualifying, the the Race, but after that the main event was the fight in the pits. Happened every race. Those were the good old days.

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Posted 13 July 2009 - 08:26 PM

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