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Loy Allen Injured In Winston Cup Wreck

November 10, 1996

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) _ Loy Allen Jr., seriously injured in a wreck earlier in the year, was flown to an Atlanta hospital Sunday after a frightening crash in the NAPA 500.

Doctors thought the 30-year-old driver had a broken left arm, but X-rays did not show a break. Allen was kept overnight at Georgia Baptist Medical Center for observation after sustaining a blow to the head.

A CAT scan found no serious damage.

Allen lost control of his Ford Thunderbird in turn four, slammed the outside wall and rolled toward the inside of the track, where he was struck broadside on the driver’s side by Wally Dallenbach Jr.’s car.

Fortunately, Dallenbach spotted Allen’s spinning car and managed to slow considerably before slamming into Allen.

The race was under a caution flag for nearly 20 minutes while workers cut away the roof of the car to extricate Allen. He was transported to the infield care center, where doctors reported him to be ``awake, alert and talking.″

He couldn’t remember any details of the wreck, however, and was flown by helicopter to the hospital about 30 miles away in Atlanta.

Dallenbach, who wasn’t hurt in the crash, said there was no way to avoid Allen’s spinning car.

``The last thing I want to do is hit anybody, especially in the door,″ he said. ``I got the car slowed down as much as I could. I just hope he’s OK. That’s the main deal.″

Allen suffered stretched neck ligaments in a hard crash at Rockingham in the second race of the year. He missed the next 10 races and came into the final event of the year at No. 44 in the standings.

The native of Raleigh, N.C., has been racing part-time on the Winston Cup circuit since 1993. He has never finished higher than 10th.