Bobby Allison may be from Alabama, but during his racing career he certainly knew Delmarva. Particularly the Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway. In 35 career races at the track, Allison earned seven victories and his average finish was 9.27. Allison returns to Delmarva this Friday to be the Grand Marshall for a 25 lap event at the Georgetown Speedway.
WBOC: Tell us about the event that you will be a part of.
Allison: Georgetown Speedway was built by Melvin Joseph, the man that build Dover International Speedway. It should be a great dirt show. Hopefully a lot of folks will come by and I will be signing autographs and I will have some of my souvenir stuff too. I am willing to do anything that they want me to do at the track except get behind the wheel to drive a race car.
WBOC: NASCAR has it’s roots in dirt track racing. How much experience with that did you have in your career?
Allison: I hardly had any. I found out early on that I was really comfortable on pavement and not comfortable on dirt. I never had the right attitude with dirt until I was long past my career. Only then did I begin to think about the enjoyment of it and trying to figure it out. I did work at it. I did win one Grand National dirt track race. I beat the King, Richard Petty one night in Savannah, GA. I really thought that was a great accomplishment. After that I did get a few wins on the short track modifieds. I had some enjoyment on dirt, but I was so comfortable on pavement and won in so many places that I just kept leaning in that direction.
WBOC: This is a big race weekend on Delmarva. Not only will you be in Georgetown, but the NASCAR series is visiting Dover. A place where you had great success.
Allison: I really liked Dover. People accused Joseph of building that track to suit me. Fortunately, I was able to do well on that track he designed and that he put a lot of his heart and soul into. It turned out to be one of the really great tracks in this country.
WBOC: What is your opinion of the Chase? It is different from the way a champion was determined when you raced.
Allison: I had mixed emotions. At first, we had this for years and years that the champion was the driver who did the best over the whole year. As I have watched this, I can see the interest it has made for NASCAR, especially this time of year, the later part of the season. The best part about it is that nothing is for certain. Fortunes can change week to week.
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