Sunday, August 13, 2017

Clifford Allison Dies From Practice Crash Injuries - August 13, 1992

October 20, 1964 - August 13, 1992
Clifford Allison
Born in Hueytown, Alabama, USA.
Son of the legendary Bobby Allison, nephew of Donnie and brother to Davey, Clifford Allison was raised in Hueytown, Alabama and was a member of stock car racing's "Alabama Gang".

Allison was seen as "crazy wild" by his relatives, and his brother stated he believed Clifford had the greater talent of the two younger Allisons. After marrying young, he worked in a coal mine in Kentucky for a period in the 1980s, but soon returned to Alabama and shortly after was divorced.

He was then briefly crew chief for his father's Busch Series race team before the team was disbanded in 1988. By that time remarried, Allison started his racing career in earnest in the early 1990s, competing in ARCA and NASCAR Busch Series. He began the 1990 season competing for rookie of the year in the Busch Series, driving for Frank Cicci, but was released after the season's seventh race for poor performances. Allison drove for Clint Folsom on a limited basis in 1991, while in 1992 he joined team owner Barry Owen, intending to run the majority of the series schedule. Allison's best finish in professional stock car racing came in an ARCA race at Texas World Speedway in April 1992, where he finished second.

During practice for the Detroit Gasket 200, a Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway in August 1992, Allison spun in turn four, hitting the concrete wall with the driver's side. Allison died while in transit to hospital. He was the first of two Allisons to die within the space of eleven months, with brother Davey perishing in a helicopter crash at Talladega Superspeedway the following year.

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