OTD: Horseplay doesn’t end well for Allison

Friday, March 2, 1990 – Davey Allison briefly passed out after wrestling with crew member Max Bennett, a mechanic, at North Carolina Motor Speedway. The incident, described by the team as horseplay between the two, would result in Allison starting the Goodwrench 500 two days later but being replaced after completing just one lap by fellow Alabama native Hut Stricklin.

The driver change cost the team two laps; Stricklin made one lap up on the track before a blown engine ended the team’s day. Allison was credited with a 34th-place finish.

Allison, 29, was evaluated by doctors at Charlotte Memorial Hospital after the initial incident and kept overnight. While no medical issues were found, Allison and his team made the call to allow Allison to start the race and then drop to the rear of the field in order to earn the points for the team’s finish.

Allison had won six of what would be 19 career wins at that point. It was his second year driving for team owner Robert Yates, who had purchased the organization from former owner Harry Ranier prior to the 1989 season.

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