“Wish I Had Died” NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison’s Tryst With Tragedy

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353 311K views 16 years ago 1987, NASCAR legend Bobby Allison blows a tire and goes airborn taking out a large piece of catch fence at Talladega, prompting the current restrictor place rules.

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On May 3rd, 1987, NASCAR legend Bobby Allison was leading the pack at the infamous Talladega Superspeedway. As he entered the final lap, his car's left rear tire blew out. That sent him careening into the catch fence at over 190 mph. The impact was so severe that debris from his car flew into the grandstands, injuring several fans.

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On the 21st lap of the race, Stavola Brothers Racing 's Bobby Allison lost his engine, with pieces of his engine cutting his right rear tire at speeds of around 210 miles per hour (340 km/h). The car turned backwards and went airborne, hitting the wall and tearing down a wide stretch of protective fencing to protect fans from accidents.

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Partner with Us Membership Foundation Corporate Partners Artifact Donations Commemorative Brick Program The 1987 Winston 500 saw Davey Allison's first victory and Bobby Allison's horrific crash. Together, they changed NASCAR forever.

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The 1987 was the fastest in NASCAR's history, with record breaking speeds at Daytona and Talladega. This was all fun and games until Bobby Allison's terrible.

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Davey Allison, winner of 19 races and a runner-up finish to his father in the 1988 Daytona 500, died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash at Talladega just five years later. He was 32.

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As Bobby Allison's Buick hurtled toward the packed main grandstands of Talladega on May 3, 1987, Ed Hinton feared the worst. No one died, but the sport was changed forever.

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Bill Elliott raced to a pole-winning speed of 212.809 mph in qualifying for the Winston 500 at Talladega in 1987. Bobby Allison had qualified second at 211.797 mph and was running in the lead.

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At Talladega in 1973, Bobby Isaac heard voices telling him to pull over. It wasn't his crew chief over the radio, but, as Isaac alleged, a supernatural voice. There was nothing wrong with the.

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Robert Arthur Allison (born December 3, 1937) is a former American professional stock car racing driver and owner. Allison was the founder of the Alabama Gang, a group of drivers based in Hueytown, Alabama, where there were abundant short tracks with high purses.

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Bobby Allison won the race over Dale Earnhardt. Baker, Bobby Hillin and Phil Parsons followed. Elliott, whose qualifying record is likely to stand forever, was among the drivers whose engine couldn't make the distance. In those days, Talladega qualifying and Talladega racing were two very different things.

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In 1973, Bobby Isaac pulled into the pits while leading because, he said, he'd been instructed to do so by voices in his cockpit. Sabotage involving cut tires and sand in gas tanks was discovered.

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Bobby Allison qualified second and was roughly a mile-per-hour slower than Elliott with 211.797 mph. Allison overcame the difference on Sunday, as he led the race for a brief duration until.

“Wish I Had Died” NASCAR Legend Bobby Allison’s Tryst With Tragedy


In this interview with The Scene Vault podcast, Bobby Allison remembers the events from Talladega 1987. He talks about his crash into the catch fence and wat.