Davey Allison officially inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

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TALLADEGA, AL – MAY 3, 1987: Davey Allison scored his first NASCAR Cup victory in the 1987 Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. He went on to win the Winston 500 two more times, in 1989 and 1992. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The late Davey Allison has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Allison was a famed member of the “Alabama Gang” and his induction began with a video message from Alabama football coach Nick Saban. He was introduced by Matt Crafton and Regan Smith, and inducted by his son, Robbie.

Allison was the son of Hall of Famer Bobby Allison, nephew of Donnie Allison, and learned his skills around Alabama tracks. His break came in 1987 when he replaced Cale Yarborough and won two races and rookie of the year honors.

The next season he finished second to his father for the only father-son, 1-2 finish in Daytona 500 history. Allison was killed in 1993 when he crashed the helicopter he was piloting in the infield at Talladega Superspeedway. He was with Red Farmer on his way to watch Neil Bonnett’s son prepare for his Busch Series debut.

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