On July 13, 1993, which was 16 years ago today, Davey Allison died in a helicopter crash at Talladega. Allison was the son of Bobby Allison, who retired in 1988 after a near-fatal crash, and the brother of Clifford Allison, who died in 1992 during practice at Michigan. Davey won 19 career races, including the 1992 Daytona 500 and did his best racing under crew chief Larry McReynolds, who is now a FOX racing analyst. Allison famously sustained a concussion and broke several bones in a 1992 crash at Pocono. He returned to racing the following week wearing a cast that permitted him to operate the steering wheel and gearshift. It is fair to say the last two decades of Sprint Cup history would have been much different had Allison lived. Many observers say he would have won at least one title, if not more.

The first tribute starts at the 6:10 mark.


Tribute at Talladega with Liz Allison and the band Alabama


Donnie Allison talks about tribute lap