Bobby and Davey Allison 1-2 in Daytona 500; Petty Survives Bad Crash
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb. 14) -- Bobby Allison led the final 18 laps and edged his son Davey to win the 31st Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The two car length triumph was the 85th in the 25 year career for the 50 year-old Hueytown, AL veteran.
The father-son 1-2 finish authored by Bobby and Davey Allison was the first since Lee and Richard Petty took the top two spots in a 100-mile event at Heidelberg Speedway near Pittsburgh on July 10, 1960.
"It was really good to be in front," said the winner. "It was a great feeling to look back and see somebody you think is the best coming up driver and know it is your son. It's a very special feeling and it is hard to put into words."
Richard Petty survived a vicious crash in the 106th lap. Petty's Pontiac went out in the fourth turn after a brush with Phil Barkdoll's Ford. As Petty's car swapped ends, it was clipped by A.J. Foyt. As Foyt made impact, Petty's car lifted rear first into the air.
Petty snagged the fence along the front stretch and flipped a dozen times. Other cars attempting to steer clear of the crash, slid all over the frontstretch. Brett Bodine delivered a hard shot into Petty as it came to rest near the entrance to pit road.
Petty was removed on a stretcher, but miraculously he was not seriously injured. He suffered nothing worse than a badly sprained ankle and torn ligaments. Other drivers taken out in the wreck included Alan Kulwicki, Barkdoll and Foyt.
A total of 17 cars were on the lead lap at the finish of the $1,548,455 contest.
Phil Parsons finished a close third with Neil Bonnett fourth and Terry Labonte fifth.
Allison and Darrell Waltrip led the most laps in the hard fought event. Allison was on top seven times for 70 laps, while Waltrip paced the action for 69 laps.
Waltrip had made a bold charge to the front in the last 100 miles, but something went amiss in the engine that dropped the three-time NASCAR champion to 11th place in the final order. "This is the best car I've driven anywhere in my life," said a disappointed Waltrip. "There at the end, something internally in the motor gave out. I heard a noise and then we started heading toward the back."
Allison pocketed $202,940 in the 137.531 mph victory -- the slowest Daytona 500 since 1960 when Junior Johnson won at a 124.740 mph clip. Forty two laps