By Patrick Reynolds
Davey Allison, son of NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Allison, was largely considered a diamond in the rough.
A young man who entered big league stock car racing with plenty of driving talent, bu
t also with a shortage of patience and temper. In his five-and-a-half years of competition on NASCAR’s top circuit we saw him mature and grow outside of a racecar while he honed his ability inside one.
In 1992, Allison’s final complete Cup season, that diamond started to shine brightly. His five wins and championship challenge was impressive enough. But what he endured and overcame to have that outstanding year defines the meaning of a racer.
Allison began the season with a Daytona 500 victory, a high achieving accomplishment on its own. But it was done while steering a backup car. The Robert Yates Racing primary chassis was damaged in a practice session crash during Speedweeks. The spare car finished third in his Thursday qualifying race, then avoided the “Big One” during the 500 to begin the year on a highest of highs.