Born: September 7, 1929
Home: Hueytown, AL
Born on September 7, 1939, Donnie Allison is an original member of the “Alabama Gang,” which includes older brother Bobby Allison and friend Red Farmer. Following success on the tracks winning ten Grand National Races and seventeen Pole Positions that dotted the Alabama countryside, Donnie took his talents to the “big leagues,” winning ten Grand National races (now Sprint Cup) during a racing career that spanned three decades.
Following part time efforts during the 1966 and 1967 seasons, Allison found victory lane at North Carolina Motor Speedway driving the distinctive red #27 Ford for legendary car owner and mechanic Banjo Matthews. Following a successful partnership that included five victories, Allison also drove for some other of the sports premiere teams including the Wood Brothers and Hoss Ellington.
Donnie’s most notable career highlight occurred in the 1979 Daytona 500, where Allison found himself battling Cale Yarborough as the laps wound down. As the duo entered the backstretch on the final lap with Allison in the lead, Yarborough attempted to pass on the low side. The two drivers collided and with their cars seemingly attached at the door, careened into the outside wall in turn 3 and came to rest on the track apron. After a brief discussion concerning the incident, older brother Bobby Allison stopped to check on his brother and a fight involving all three drivers ensued. A national audience watching on television was captivated by the altercation, thrusting NASCAR into the national spotlight.
Donnie Allison won just over 500 short track races throughout the country, as well as winning ten NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint) events. Donnie’s Winston Cup wins included victories at Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, Atlanta, Rockingham and Bristol.