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‘Old 28’ Is Allison Tribute

April 18, 1998

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Fans of Davey Allison have a new tune to hum when they’re remembering the late NASCAR star.

The International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega commissioned the song ``Old 28″ as a tribute to Allison, who drove car No. 28 and was voted one of the top 50 drivers over the sport’s first 50 years.

Allison died in a helicopter crash at the Talladega Superspeedway almost five years ago.

``Now Davey’s thrilling crowds in Gloryland, the saints and angels are his biggest fans,″ the song concludes. ``The NASCAR fans have all said good-bye, ’til they reach that great grandstand in the sky.″

The song brought Allison’s mother, Judy Allison, to tears.

``It’s beautiful,″ she said, wiping her eyes. ``I love the words even though they are so emotional.″

Allison will be inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame next Thursday. As part of the ceremony, ``Old 28″ will be debuted for the Allison family and those in attendance.

Mrs. Allison, who equested to hear the song first in private to deaden some of the impact before hearing it in front of a huge crowd next week, said hearing it for the first time wasn’t easy.

``Old 28″ is part of an album produced by the motorsports hall to honor the 50 drivers voted as the top drivers in NASCAR’s first 50 years. Davey was voted in, as was his father, Bobby Allison.

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