TDIH: February 7, 1982


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Driving in his first race for DiGard Motorsports, Bobby Allison wins the 1982 Busch Clash at Daytona. Starting from 12th place, he would lead the final 16 of 20 laps for the victory, and collect a $50000 prize in the process. The outside polesitter Ricky Rudd, who drove the #88 Gatorade DiGard entry in 1981, took the top spot from Terry Labonte before the field entered turn one. Now driving the #3 Pontiac for Richard Childress, he would lead the first three laps but quickly dropped back, eventually retiring on lap 13 with a bent valve. Neil Bonnett would lead the fourth lap in his Wood Brothers prepped #21 Thunderbird, before Allison shot past both Bonnett and Cale Yarborough coming through the tri-oval, holding onto the lead until the end. This was the first Clash victory for Allison, having finished a best of 4th in three previous attempts. He would return one week later and win the Daytona 500, and in July capture the Firecracker 400, becoming the first driver in history to sweep both Daytona races in the same year, a feat which remains unmatched to this day.

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