FORT MYERS - On Saturday, July 13, the Fort Myers Miracle will welcome NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison to Hammond Stadium. The Miracle will play the Lakeland Flying Tigers at 6:05 p.m. and the ballpark gates open at 5 p.m.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, Allison was arguably the best and most popular driver in NASCAR. The famous leader of the Alabama Gang, Allison will sign autographs and pose for pictures, at no charge, compliments of National Deli and Good Deals Appliances.
Allison helped build NASCAR into a mainstream sporting event and was a regular visitor to the winner's circle. Allison is fourth all-time in NASCAR wins and a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 in 1978, 1982 and 1988. Allison was also a runner-up in Daytona in 1970, 1972 and 1981.
A fan favorite, Allison was named NASCAR's Most Popular Driver six times and won the Winston Cup Series Championship in 1983. Elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011, Allison was also added to the Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the International Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
In 1979 at the Daytona 500, Bobby Allison clashed with Cale Yarborough in the first 500 mile race to be televised in its entirety. The televised moment is still one of the most discussed in racing history.
Allison's legacy spans both the heroic and deadly aspects of motorsports. His horrific crash at Talladega in 1987 led NASCAR to mandate restrictor plates to slow the speed of cars.
In addition, Allison will make an appearance at Good Deals Appli-ances at 14690 South Tamiami Trail on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For tickets, call the Miracle offices at (239) 768-4210 or order online at www.miraclebaseball.com.