• Donnie's Early Career

    The glory days before NASCAR
  • 1960

    1938 Chevy Coup

    Donnie shown at the Hialeah Speedway in the Kenny Andrews-owned 1938 Chevy Coup in 1960. The car featured a narrowed body, ’38 Chevy chassis and a 6 spline Frankland quick change rear end. The engine was a 310 cubic inch Chevy with 4 Stromberg carburetors. This car is thought to be the area’s first “super modified.” (Photo from the Kenny Andrews Collection courtesy of Marty Little.)

  • 1960

    Win at Medley

    Donnie takes the flag at Medley Speedway in south Florida in 1960 in this No. 88 modified that was painted pink and named Pamela.

  • 1961

    Alabama Gang

    The famed — and feared — Alabama Gang dominated tracks across the Southeast in the early 1960s winning hundreds of races between them and often sweeping the top three places and the purse money that went along with it. Here Donnie (88), Bobby (312) and Red Farmer (F-97) are shown with their cars at Bristol in 1961.

  • 1962

    Dominating at Dixie

    This was the 1933 Pontiac Sedan that Donnie dominated with at Dixie Speedway in Midfield, Ala., and other tracks across the southeast in 1962.

  • His NASCAR days and more

    Donnie had a long, storied career in many forms of racing.
  • June 1968

    First win at Rockingham

    Donnie got his first NASCAR Grand National win for car owner Banjo Matthews on a blistering hot day at Rockingham on June 16, 1968. They are shown here celebrating in Victory Lane with Miss Carolina 500.

  • May 1970

    Donnie at Indy

    On May 30, 1970, Donnie turned in a record-setting performance as a rookie in the Indianapolis 500. Driving for A.J. Foyt, Donnie started 20th and finished fourth that day, becoming the highest finishing rookie in Indy 500 history and setting a record that stood for 23 years until it was finally broken by Nigel Mansell, who finished third in 1993.

  • 1971

    Talladega Poles

    Driving the famous No 21 Wood Brothers Purolator Mercury, Donnie started on the pole of both the Talladega 500 and Winston 500 in 1971. His results in the two races couldn’t have been anymore varied, however, as he won the Winston 500 on May 16, 1971, but finished 41st in the Talladega 500 on Aug. 22, 1971 after blowing an engine.

  • February 1977

    Permatex 300 win

    On Feb. 19, 1977, Donnie won the Permatex 300 at Daytona International Speedway. The race was part of the NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Division, the forerunner to the NASCAR Busch Series, Nationwide Series and what is now known as the Xfinity Series.

  • November 1978

    Dixie 500 fireworks

    The Dixie 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 5, 1978, was memorable not only because it was the last win of Donnie’s Winston Cup career, but because of all the fireworks surrounding it as well. As this image of the story on the race printed in the February 1979 issue of Stock Car Racing magazine shows, there was a huge fire outside the track that required the race be put under caution just a few laps in so that the safety crews could go outside the track to fight it. And at the end Donnie was plenty heated as well when the win was initially awarded to Richard Petty.

  • February 1979

    1979 Daytona 500

    One of the most memorable moments of Donnie’s career was the finish of the Daytona 500.

  • February 1980

    Daytona Twin 125 Win

    Valentine’s Day 1980 was a great one for the Allison family as Donnie won the second Twin 125 qualifying race at Daytona. Here he gets a big hug from his mom “Kittie” Allison and the Union 76 girls in Victory Lane while car owner Hoss Ellington examines the trophy in the background.

  • May 1981

    Bad wreck at Charlotte

    Donnie’s 1981 season was cut short after only six races after a horrendous crash in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 1981. Donnie was pulled from the No. 77 car unconscious with a badly broken left leg, five broken ribs, a fractured right shoulder blade, a broken cheekbone and a collapsed lung.

  • Life After Racing

    Donnie has stayed as busy off the track as he was on it
  • April 2009

    IMSHOF Induction

    On April 23, 2009, Donnie was officially inducted into the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame in Talladega. When Donnie was welcomed into the IMSHOF to join Bobby and Red, it could truly be said that the gang, the Alabama Gang, was all there.

  • January 2013

    Donnie and his caddy

    Donnie and Jimmy Creed, author of “Donnie Allison: As I Recall” stand next to the 1979 Daytona 500 display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January 2013.

  • April 2014

    Alabama Gang at Talladega

    The Alabama Gang and the Talladega Superspeedway have always been synonymous and on April 30, 2014, it became official when the track renamed the over 4,000-foot superstretch the Alabama Gang Superstretch in honor of Donnie, Bobby and Red.

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