Bobby Allison Remembers His 'Big Catch' At Daytona International Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Sept. 21, 2004) -- NASCAR legend Bobby Allison has 16 career victories at Daytona International Speedway - second on the all-time wins list at the ...
Bobby Allison Remembers His 'Big Catch' At Daytona International Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Sept. 21, 2004) -- NASCAR legend Bobby Allison has 16 career victories at Daytona International Speedway - second on the all-time wins list at the historic track behind the late Dale Earnhardt.
But the three-time Daytona 500 champion also has three more victories to his credit in fishing tournaments on Lake Lloyd, the borrow pit located in the infield at the "World Center of Racing."
Allison recently toured the ever-changing infield renovation site and remembered his final fishing tournament victory in 1988 - the same year he completed a Speedweeks sweep of the Daytona 500, a Gatorade 125-mile qualifier and the Hershey's 300 NASCAR Busch Series race.
While Allison is unable to remember his victories in those races due to a career-ending accident at Pocono later that year, he still has vivid memories of the fishing tournament where he won his third fishing boat.
"I put in and by Wednesday afternoon they didn't have a winner," Allison recalled. "They said, 'OK, it's a fish off. The first person to catch any kind of a fish wins the tournament.'
"I tossed my little minnow and got a bass about that big. That thing was a half pound, maybe eight or nine inches long. I held him up and said, 'you just look like a boat to me.' I tossed out again and caught one about an inch bigger. So I went back with two of them. Either one of them would've won because nobody caught one."
Daytona International Speedway's infield renovation project, which is scheduled to be completed in time for December's Daytona KartWeek, will include Allison's favorite fishing hole Lake Lloyd. New waterfront specialty vehicle parking area with premium and standard specialty vehicle parking spots will be available next to Lake Lloyd as well as waterfront docks, activity zones, playgrounds and an exclusive community center.
Other fan amenities included in the infield renovation:
* New NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series garages
* Uniquely designed Fan Zone that offer a variety of entertainment and fun for all ages as well as roof-top viewing of the new NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series garage areas and action on the track
* A new tunnel located in Turn 1 that will accommodate team transport vehicles and guest's specialty vehicles.
Standing in front of the new state-of-the-art tunnel, Allison was amazed by the size of the entire project that's ongoing at the Speedway.
"It's another incredible addition to one of my most favorite places in the whole world," Allison said. "They're working on it, changing a lot of things and modernizing it. It's the same size but the facility is becoming bigger and bigger. This tunnel is just part of it."
Race fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the massive construction project can visit DAYTONA USA and take the Speedway Tour, which costs $7.50 plus tax. The Oldfield Grandstand is also open and free to the public.
The Speedway's Web site, www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, will also have weekly updates on the infield renovation project.