Indeed, racing drivers generally have a pretty short competitive career, but there is one form of motorsport that is conducive to a longer period behind the wheel. It’s far more common in Nascar to see drivers continue racing, quite successfully we might add, well into their 40s and 50s, and that was the case with Bobby Allison.
The three-time Daytona 500 winner raced in Nascar from 1961-1988, and even in his swansong, he was still a regular front-runner. Such was his longevity that his son, Davey Allison’s career crossed over with his own. It made for a wonderful moment in Daytona history when we witnessed father and son racing at the very front of the field, battling for victory in the world’s most famous Nascar race.
It was the wily experience of Bobby that proved the deciding factor as he led his son home for what must have been a hugely emotional day for the family.
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