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April 13, 1992
NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. -- Davey Allison, equipped with a flak jacket and a special seat to relieve pain, outraced Rusty Wallace over the final 50 laps yesterday to win the $551,921 First Union 400.Allison's victory at North Wilkesboro Speedway also gave Ford cars their seventh straight victory on the NASCAR circuit this season and 11 in a row dating to last year.The seven victories to start the season is an all-time NASCAR record, passing the old mark of six consecutive wins set by Hudson cars in 1952.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | August 30, 1997
Jeff Gordon is so hoarse he sounds like a defective CD, as his voice cracks and skips. He has done so many interviews, talked about the possibility of winning the Winston Million bonus so much he can't imagine anyone wanting him to say more.But outside his team's truck, his public relations people are carrying clipboards filled with a seemingly endless list of interviews still promised."The way I feel, the good thing about it is that my daily activities can't get any more busy than they've been, and I feel like that's a plus," says Gordon, who has seen the stress other drivers have gone through while going for the million.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | September 6, 1992
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Davey Allison was sitting with his back to the big windows overlooking Darlington Raceway, when a car smashed into the wall during a practice run. The ensuing thud was loud enough to be heard in the press box, where Allison was holding a news conference to talk about his chance at winning the Winston Million today in the Mountain Dew Southern 500.When the car crashed, everything seemed to stop for Allison. He turned, looked along the track for the accident and continued to stare until the car started moving again under the direction of its driver.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 19, 1994
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ernie Irvan is about 5 feet 6. He has bushy eyebrows, a wide mustache and an easy smile.He doesn't look like a bad guy.But more often than not, that is the role he has put himself in. He has won the Daytona 500, but he is most remembered for the crashes he has caused.Swervin' Irvan. It is a name he has been trying to live down for years.Tomorrow, when the 36th annual Daytona 500 roars off the starting line, his Havoline Ford will be in the second row, behind pole sitter Loy Allen Jr."
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By New York Times News Service | July 14, 1993
Davey Allison, the 1992 Daytona 500 winner and a member of one of stock-car racing's most prominent families, died yesterday at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., of head injuries suffered in the crash of a helicopter. He was 32.Allison was piloting the craft on Monday, only three weeks after having purchased it, when it went down at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, but never regained consciousness. Dr. Evan Zieger, a neurosurgeon at the hospital, pronounced Allison dead at 7 a.m.Red Farmer, also a driver and the only passenger aboard the helicopter, was listed in critical but stable condition, said David Smitherman, a hospital spokesman.
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By Tom Higgins and Tom Higgins,Charlotte Observer | July 22, 1992
Bobby Hillin was chosen as relief driver for injured Davey Allison in the DieHard 500 Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.Hillin will take over the Robert Yates Racing team's Ford after Allison starts the NASCAR Winston Cup Series race to earn points toward the $1 million championship. Allison had led the standings all season until his 11-flip crash Sunday in the Miller 500 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway enabled Bill Elliott to assume the lead by nine points.The accident left Allison with a broken right collarbone, forearm and wrist.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 14, 1994
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The memories keep coming while the mind is numbed by the losses.Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, Clifford Allison and now, Neil Bonnett.All dead.Kulwicki and Davey Allison were killed in aviation accidents last season, Clifford Allison during a practice lap at Michigan International Raceway, August 1992.And Bonnett, killed Friday afternoon while practicing for next Sunday's Daytona 500.Bonnett's funeral will be held today in Hueytown, Ala.A memorial service was held here last night, at the Central Baptist Church, and when it was over, there was a greater sense of peace.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 14, 1993
He was just here. Sitting in Phillips at the Inner Harbor. Enjoying lunch, warm sunshine and anticipating what this Winston Cup racing season could hold.Davey Allison had been through the worst year of his life in 1992. His brother, Clifford, had died in an accident at Michigan International Raceway and Davey had been seriously injured in a crash in Long Pond, Pa., that eventually cost him the Winston Cup championship.It was only last month that he looked up at the Baltimore skyline and spoke of life and dreams and the need to go after victory with an aggressiveness that had been missing over the past nine months.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | February 17, 1992
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Davey Allison and his father, Bobby, sat side by side in the post-race interview yesterday. No one could tell who was happier: the son, who had just won the Daytona 500 for the first time, or the father, a three-time winner here."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | February 17, 1992
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Davey Allison and his father, Bobby, sat side by side in the post-race interview yesterday. No one could tell who was happier: the son, who had just won the Daytona 500 for the first time, or the father, a three-time winner here."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | February 14, 1994
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The memories keep coming while the mind is numbed by the losses.Alan Kulwicki, Davey Allison, Clifford Allison and now, Neil Bonnett.All dead.Kulwicki and Davey Allison were killed in aviation accidents last season, Clifford Allison during a practice lap at Michigan International Raceway, August 1992.And Bonnett, killed Friday afternoon while practicing for next Sunday's Daytona 500.Bonnett's funeral will be held today in Hueytown, Ala.A memorial service was held here last night, at the Central Baptist Church, and when it was over, there was a greater sense of peace.
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By Michael Vega and Michael Vega,Boston Globe | February 8, 1994
Dale Earnhardt knows that if he wins another Winston Cup championship without winning the Daytona 500, he'll likely go down in the annals of sports history with some ignominious figures."
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By JOHN EISENBERG | December 26, 1993
And so, the end of the year is near.Hear, hear.If years were fish, we'd have thrown 1993 back long ago.From beginning to end, locally and nationally, it was a year of loss.Real loss. Sporting loss.The toy department, supposedly a joyful place, reeked of sadness.The big national story of '93? Michael Jordan's retirement, of course.He wins, we lose.The big story in Baltimore? We get whacked in the expansion game. Paul Tagliabue kicks us in the teeth.Isn't that special?And look at what else happened:The Orioles missed out on the postseason for the 10th straight year.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 19, 1993
LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt won the Miller Genuine Draft 500 and brought his car to a stop at the start-finish line. His race team ran onto the track, knelt beside the car and silently prayed for the family of Davey Allison.It had been a long, emotional weekend at Pocono International Raceway, as the Winston Cup stock car competitors struggled to find peace among themselves after the death of driver Davey Allison last week from injuries suffered in a helicopter crash.Yesterday, 40 teams stood at attention along pit road during a pre-race ceremony in his memory.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 17, 1993
LONG POND, Pa. -- The Winston Cup Series has come to the Pocono Mountains to mourn.The faces in the garages are somber and pale. They buried Winston Cup star Davey Allison in Hueytown, Ala., on Thursday. The funeral procession was eight miles long, and mourners lined both sides of the road from church to cemetery."The only thing that rivaled the outpouring of sympathy was Bear Bryant's funeral," Allison's close friend Neil Bonnett said. "To see that much sympathy and caring, it made me glad that I live in Alabama."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 17, 1993
LONG POND, Pa. -- Neil Bonnett wasn't going to come to this weekend's Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Pocono.He didn't want to do anything but sit in his back yard by his swimming pool -- a pool he had seen all of two hours in the 10 years he had owned it -- until Tuesday. Suddenly he couldn't seem to leave it.Bonnett is the man who tried to rescue Davey Allison from his crashed helicopter on Monday. Yesterday, he said it was the worst experience of his life."I almost couldn't cope with it," said Bonnett, who has not driven a race car since 1990, but will next week at Talladega, Ala. "It really knocked me for a loop because I couldn't do anything.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 17, 1993
LONG POND, Pa. -- Neil Bonnett wasn't going to come to this weekend's Miller Genuine Draft 500 at Pocono.He didn't want to do anything but sit in his back yard by his swimming pool -- a pool he had seen all of two hours in the 10 years he had owned it -- until Tuesday. Suddenly he couldn't seem to leave it.Bonnett is the man who tried to rescue Davey Allison from his crashed helicopter on Monday. Yesterday, he said it was the worst experience of his life."I almost couldn't cope with it," said Bonnett, who has not driven a race car since 1990, but will next week at Talladega, Ala. "It really knocked me for a loop because I couldn't do anything.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | May 3, 1992
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- When Davey Allison was an 8-year-old growing up down the road from here in Hueytown, he and his dad, Bobby Allison, would drive over to Talladega and watch the workers build this 2.5-mile super speedway."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | July 14, 1993
He was just here. Sitting in Phillips at the Inner Harbor. Enjoying lunch, warm sunshine and anticipating what this Winston Cup racing season could hold.Davey Allison had been through the worst year of his life in 1992. His brother, Clifford, had died in an accident at Michigan International Raceway and Davey had been seriously injured in a crash in Long Pond, Pa., that eventually cost him the Winston Cup championship.It was only last month that he looked up at the Baltimore skyline and spoke of life and dreams and the need to go after victory with an aggressiveness that had been missing over the past nine months.
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By New York Times News Service | July 14, 1993
Davey Allison, the 1992 Daytona 500 winner and a member of one of stock-car racing's most prominent families, died yesterday at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., of head injuries suffered in the crash of a helicopter. He was 32.Allison was piloting the craft on Monday, only three weeks after having purchased it, when it went down at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, but never regained consciousness. Dr. Evan Zieger, a neurosurgeon at the hospital, pronounced Allison dead at 7 a.m.Red Farmer, also a driver and the only passenger aboard the helicopter, was listed in critical but stable condition, said David Smitherman, a hospital spokesman.
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