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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Like Father, Like Son - Allisons 1-2
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Feb. 14, 1988
Growing up, Davey Allison had dreamed about racing against his father, going head-to-head with him in the final lap of an important NASCAR race. "In the dreams I always won," says Davey, smiling.
Today, Davey and dad battle at 195 mph in the final lap of the Daytona 500, but it's Bobby who wins. Davey pulls to the inside but can't get around his father, who holds off his 26-year-old son by 2½ car lengths to gain his third Daytona 500 triumph.
"He's just so tough," says Davey. "I didn't think of him as my father until after the checkered flag. If I couldn't win it, I'm just so happy that my dad did."
At 50, Bobby is the oldest to win NASCAR's most prestigious race. This is the first time a father and son finish 1-2 at the Daytona 500 and first time it's happened in any NASCAR race since Lee and Richard Petty finished 1-2 in a minor race in 1960.
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