NASCAR greats Bobby and Donnie Allison, Red Farmer enters Hall of Fame


NASCAR Cup Series greats Bobby and Donnie Allison along with Red Farmer are included in the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022.

The class was announced Saturday ahead of the Music City Triple 50 races at the historic track.

The Allison and Farmer brothers were founding members of the Alabama Gang, a group of NASCAR drivers who settled in Hueytown, Alabama. Each has enjoyed great success on the NASCAR circuit in general and at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in particular.

Defending Winston Cup points champion Bobby Allison checks the log before qualifying practice for the NASCAR Grand National Nashville Pepsi 420 race at Nashville International Raceway on July 13, 1984.

Bobby Allison, 84, of Miami, Fla., has won nine Premier League championships at the Fairgrounds, Donnie Allison, 82, has won five and Farmer, 89, of Nashville, has nine career victories there.

Bobby Allison won 84 NASCAR Cup Series races, including three Dayton 500s, and joined the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011. He was the NASCAR champion in 1983.

Donnie Allison has 10 NASCAR Cup Series wins, 78 top-five finishes and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Defending Fairgrounds Speedway points champion Flookie Buford, left, and top driver Donnie Allison check the times of other drivers during the Permatex 200 time trials at the track on April 22, 1972.

Farmer had three top-10 finishes in 36 NASCAR Cup Series races from 1953 to 1975.

He was the three-time NASCAR Late Model Sportsman champion (1969-71) and inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2021.

Howard Johnson, Steve Spencer and Darryl Sage are also part of the Class of 2022.

Johnson is an engine builder and mechanic who has spent more than 45 years working with multiple track champions, including two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin.

Spencer has 15 wins at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in the Premier Division, including the 1977 NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Championship.

After spending three years in the NASCAR Cup Series, Spencer became an analyst for the Nashville Racing Network in the early 1980s.

It returned to the fairgrounds in the 1990s to compete in the Late Model Stock Car division.

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Red Farmer driver, left, receives the winner's trophy from starter Herb Lewis after winning the modified stock race at Fairgrounds Speedway on September 20, 1961.

Sage has 11 career wins at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in the Premier Division. He was one of Nashville’s most popular drivers from an early age. He is the youngest driver to ever start a NASCAR Cup Series event at Daytona at the age of 16.

The class will be inducted Oct. 26 in the annual All American 400 at the venue.

Contact Mike Organ at 615-259-8021 or on Twitter @MikeOrganWriter.


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