NASCAR Champion Allison Named Ford 400 Honorary Starter
Homestead-Miami Speedway honors NASCAR's racing tradition by naming Bobby Allison Honorary Starter of the Ford 400 Nov. 22 (photo courtesy: John Harrelson, Getty Images Sport)
With a history dotted with legendary family names like Petty, Earnhardt and Allison, NASCAR runs deep in tradition. Homestead-Miami Speedway will honor that tradition by naming Miami-native Bobby Allison as Honorary Starter for the Ford 400 during NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend. Don't miss your chance to meet one of NASCAR's iconic figures at the Coke Zero Fan Zone Nov. 22.
One of NASCAR’s most beloved competitors, the 1983 Sprint Cup Champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner will wave the Green Flag to start NASCAR’s Championship-finale Ford 400 on Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In addition, Allison will be honored during pre-race festivities and be available to fans via exclusive hospitality appearances. For great seats and hospitality options for Ford Championship Weekend, please visit THEChampionshipTrack.com.
"I'm honored to be able to wave the green flag to start this last great race of the NASCAR 2009 Sprint Cup season,” said Allison. “I have many good memories and friends in the Miami area and I look forward to an exciting FORD 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway."
“Bobby Allison is a Miami born-and-bred Champion who has given everything to this sport,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray. “To have Bobby return to South Florida and take part in NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend is the ultimate fit.”
Allison was one of the most talented drivers of his generation; his 84 career wins rank third in NASCAR history—highlighted by the 1983 Sprint Cup Championship and three wins in the Daytona 500. His final victory came in 1988, when at the age of 50 he won the Daytona 500 with son Davey finishing second.
Allison began racing in the 1950s, cutting his teeth on South Florida short tracks that included the now-defunct Hialeah and Hollywood Speedways. He and brother Donnie moved to Alabama in 1959 and alongside co-Miami native Red Farmer became known as NASCAR’s celebrated "Alabama Gang.”
The Allisons are one of auto racing's most famous families: In addition to brother Donnie, Bobby’s two sons, Davey and Clifford, raced on the NASCAR circuit. The brothers also competed twice in the Indianapolis 500, and after retiring Bobby became a full-time NASCAR Cup team owner (1990-96). He was inducted into the Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993. The Allison brothers’ famed on-track (and post-race) skirmish with Cale Yarborough at the 1979 Daytona 500 served as a catalyst to the growth of NASCAR's national popularity that continues today.
Don't miss your chance to meet one of NASCAR's iconic figures at the Coke Zero Fan Zone Nov. 22.