If Davey Didn’t Die: An Alternate NASCAR History. 1st of 2 articles

James EyeContributor IAugust 26, 2010

July 13, 1993 a day that NASCAR lost one of its brigest young stars way before his time. Davey Allison lost his life from a resulting helipcopter crash in Talladega Alabama. A young star who was only beginning to make his mark in the sport, a Daytona 500 winner two time NASCAR all star winner, and already a championship contender. Fans will always ask themselves what would have happened if Davey had not passed away what could he have done with his career? In this first article I am going to create an alternate history of what would have happened if Davey would have been around from the years 1993 to 2000. What would have changed, what would have stayed the same?


Davey Allison finishes the Nascar season 3rd in the Points with wins at Talledega, Michigan, Darlington, and Charlotte. Rusty Wallace finishes second and Dale Earnhardt wins the Championship (Ernie Irvan Stays with Morgan McClure, Sterling Marlin stays with Stavola Brothers for the 1994 Season)



            Davey is dominate in the season (losing Daytona to Ernie Irvan who wins his second 500 for Morgan McClure). He is the point leader until he is almost killed in a wreak at Michigan. He survies but has to sit out the rest of the season. Dale Earnhardt wins the championship as happened 1994. Since Sterling Marlin stays with Stavola Brothers Racing during the season Jeff Burton does not participate in the season Steve Grissom wins rookie of the year. Dale Jarrett takes over for Davey in 1995 for the year as he trys to make a comeback in the 1996 season,  Sterling Marlin takes over the # 27 Junior Johnson, Jeff Burton feeling ford is not putting him in NASCAR soon enough signs with the 41 Larry Hendrick Chevy for the 1995 season. Everything else stays the same.




Jeff Gordon wins his first championship; Davey comes back at the end of the season and runs the 88 which will become Dale Jarrett’s in the 96 year. Jeff Burton wins Rookie of the year and takes over the 25 Budweiser car for Rick Hendrick in 1996. Ken Schrader moves to the 41 car. Sterling Marlin takes over Jack Roush’s new 99 Exide Batteries car. Ernie Irvan wins his third Daytona 500.



Davey wins at New Hampshire and Talladega and Finished 8 in the points. Jarrett still wins Dayton. Terry Labonte wins the championship and Johnny Benson wins the rookie of the year.



Davey wins 5 races in 97, but an end of season slump leaves him finishing third in the points to Jeff Gordon who would win his second title and Dale Jarrett who would finish second. Sterling Marlin wins his first two races at Texas and Rockingham. Mike Skinner wins rookie of the year. For the upcoming 1998 season Ernie Irvan decides to leave Morgan McClure and takes over the # 40 Coors Light car for SABCO Racing. Bobby Hamilton takes over at Morgan McClure, and with sponsorship from Coca-Cola, Robert Yates decides to expand to three teams with Kenny Irwin jr in the 27 car.



Davey Allison finally wins his first championship splitting wins with Jeff Gordon and beating him by only 20 points. Sterling Marlin has a breakout season and finishes third in the points with 4 wins. Kenny Irwin wins rookie of the year. Jeff Burton gets hurt in a crash at Texas and is sidelined for the rest of the year.



Dale Jarrett wins his first and only championship beating Bobby Labonte and Davey Allison. Davey wins only two races during this year at the July Daytona Race and Charlotte. Jeff Burton is fired from Hendrick Motorsports after a lackluster season. He is replaced by Ricky Rudd who returns to drive the 25 Tide Chevy after he closes down his own team. Tony Stewart runs away with the rookie of the year.


2000. Bobby Labonte Wins the Championship over Dale Earnhardt and Sterling Marlin. Davey finishes fifth in the points with only one win Richmond. Jeff Burton steps in for a fired Scott Pruett to take over the 32 McDonalds Car for PPI motor sports. Kenny Irwin stays with RYR and wins his first race at the fall Richmond race. Matt Kenseth wins the rookie of the year.



What would Davey do in the next ten years had he not passed away, stay tuned for the next article 2001-Now?