By AMANDA VINCENT
Judy Allison, wife of NASCAR legend and 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Allison, died Friday morning as a result of complications from a surgical procedure. She was 74. Judy Allison also was the mother of late NASCAR drivers Clifford and Davey Allison.
“NASCAR extends its condolences to the friends and family of Judy Allison, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison. Judy, the matriarch of a cornerstone NASCAR family, provided the foundation for the careers of a legendary husband and two sons, who both lost their lives entirely too soon,” a statement from NASCAR read. “Her love extended well beyond her own family, as many in the NASCAR family leaned upon Judy for support and compassiond uring many difficult times.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a true friend, and a woman who has given much to our sport.”
Friday evening the Allison family issued the following statement:
“The Allison family is sad to announce the passing of Judy A. Allison, age 74, after complications from surgery earlier today at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville (N.C.).
“Bobby Allison, NASCAR Hall of Famer driver, and Judy were married for 55 years. She was surrounded by her family, daughters Bonnie Farr and Carrie Hewitt, grandson Robbie Allison, brother-in-law Donnie Allison and his wife, Pat.
“At this time, funeral and memorial arrangements are pending and will be announced when finalized. The family members ask for privacy during this difficult and sad time.”
Winston Kelley, Executive Director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, also released a statement on Friday that read:
“Judy was far more than the matriarch of the Allison family and the famed Alabama Gang; she was the foundation and rock on which their success, perseverance and hard work stood.
“Judy was the epitome of greace and steadfast support beside Bobby’s stellar career, including the 1983 premier series championship and 84 premier series wins and induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s second class in 2011.
“Judy exhibited the same grace, along with remarkable resilience and courage, in the face of Bobby’s near fatal and career-ending accident in 1988, and later, the loss of two sons less than 12 months apart.”
Follow Auto Racing Daily on Twitter @AutoRacingDaily or like Auto Racing Daily on Facebook (facebook.com/autorcngdaily). Amanda’s also on Twitter @NASCARexaminer and has a fan/like page on Facebook: NASCAR Examiner