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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Loy Allen Jr. #19 Hooters Ford

    Of all the drivers I can recall, Loy Allen Jr. stands out as one of the biggest busts in NASCAR history~ During his 6 year Cup career, which spanned a total of 48 races, Allen amassed a total of 3 poles (Daytona, Atlanta, Michigan), all coming in 1994, 1 top 10 (Talladega), and 29 DNQ's, including 12 during his rookie campaign alone~  His biggest accomplishment was winning the pole for the 1994 Daytona 500, although he never led a lap of the race~

    Allen suffered a severe neck injury, and broken shoulder during the 1996 Goodwrench Service 400 at Rockinham, halting the race for 9 minutes and 15 seconds while he was removed from his car and air lifted to a Charlotte medical center~  After this accident, Allen never really bounced back.. making only sporadic starts the rest of his career~ He ran his final 2 races in 1999 for SBIII Motorsports, finishing 40th in both events~ He was replaced by Hut Stricklin, and never raced again~

                                             Loy Allen #19 Hooters Ford Thunderbird~
Loy Allen Jr. #19 Hooters Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog
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Loy Allen Jr. #19 Hooters Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog
  
      As you can see in the photos, they did a great job with this car~ All the paint is pristine, and the card compliments it nicely~ The car has Hoosier tires, whereas usually with R.C. cars, the tires will say "Racing Champions"~ Allen changed to Goodyear tires for the 94 Daytona 500 due to drivers being uneasy about being around drivers who chose Hoosiers, due to the recent deaths of both Neil Bonnett, and Rodney Orr~

   There was a lot of hype when Loy Allen first came into NASCAR~ I can remember people feeling like he was given a free ride to the top, and wasn't worthy of being in NASCAR's top division~ And perhaps they're right.. Allen lucked into his ride with an ARCA win in a car that was sponsored for 2 races by Hooter's~ The Hooters execs were in the stands that day, and the rest is history~ Sadly for Allen, it wasn't much good history~  Below I have attached a few videos of his career~

                                                       Loy on the pole @ Daytona 1994~

1994 Food World 300


                                                                       1996 Napa 500 Atlanta

                                          1996 Goodwrench 400 Rockingham (Skip to 3:55)


2 comments:

  1. The tires only said Racing Champions until mid-1991, after that they ALWAYS said Goodyear, unless it was one of the Hoosier clad cars in 1994-95. (And even those were sometimes available with both tire brands, as they tended to switch as needed on a track by track basis.

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    1. I don't know why they made the Butch Miller #75 car with Goodyears, because I'm pretty sure they used Hoosiers at the time~ Pole Position made a more correct version, using the Hoosier tires~

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