With the Daytona 500 right around the corner, what better way to get ready for the event than a stroll down memory lane?
In 1979, Bobby Allison was involved in one of the most memorable moments in the 60-year history of the Great American Race. Allison’s brother Donnie and Cale Yarborough were tangled up and wrecked, but for some reason, Yarborough blamed Bobby for the mishap. Hearing Allison tell the story in his own words is flat out hilarious.
Allison sat down with the folks at NASCAR on FOX and shared his recollection of the infamous slug-fest from 1979.
“My brother Donnie was winning the race and on the last lap he got wrecked by the guy trying to pass him,” Allison said. “I went by the wreck and seen Donnie climbing out of his car so I went on and finished the race.”
“This other guy starts saying the wreck was my fault, I caused the wreck,” Allison added. “Well I was on the other side of the racetrack when those guys were wrecking.”
The other guy, who Allison never refers to by name, was none other than Yarborough. What happened next is part of both NASCAR legend and infamy.
“I think I questioned his ancestry, which I probably shouldn’t have done,” Allison said. “He had his helmet in his hand and he yelled some more and he ran toward me and he got right out here out from the car and he stopped and yelled some more, I think I questioned his ancestry a little further, I really shouldn’t have done it.”
“He lunged at me and hit me in the face with his helmet which really hurt, but it really surprised me,” Allison added. “I didn’t think a professional competitor would use a weapon to go after somebody and I felt like that’s what happened.”
If the story stopped there, it would be enough, but hearing Allison tell the next part just adds to his legendary status as one of the best to ever do it in NASCAR.
“Cut my nose and my lip, blood’s dripping in my lap and I said gotta get outta the car and handle this right now or I’m gonna be running from him the rest of my life,” Allison said. “So I got outta the car and the guy got to beating on my fists with his nose.”
“I’ve had to stick with that story for a long time, but it’s still true,” Allison added.