Crash Video of the Week: Bobby Allison at Talladega

Bobby Allison’s barrel roll down the frontstretch at Talladega in 1987 is among the more consequential wrecks in NASCAR history — because of it, NASCAR mandated that horsepower-sapping restrictor plates be used at Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway.

Having only heard and read about the crash over the years, it’s interesting to finally see the video — yes, it’s a spectacular wreck and it’s truly a wonder that Allison’s car didn’t end up in the grandstand and/or kill any spectators, but, somehow, given its place in the sport’s lore, I expected … more. At the very least, it certainly didn’t take very long.

Regardless, it seems appropriate that this wreck of all wrecks be the first Crash Video of the Week: