NASCAR legend Bobby Allison talks about Daytona 500

(QUEEN CITY NEWS) – 500 miles and 200 laps later, there’s a new Daytona 500 champion. Rookie driver and Mooresville native Austin Cindric took the win on Sunday night.

It’s not just the North Carolina barbecue that draws people to Lancaster in Mooresville.

“I would say more than half,” Lori Rice said.

Half the people there for the hushpuppies and the other half for the restaurant’s ties to NASCAR.

“It got more and more competitive as it went on,” Bobby said.

Bobby has just returned from the Daytona 500 where he and many others watched underdog and rookie driver Austin Cindric win.

“Racing has the excitement of competition between two individuals with two pieces of equipment,” Bobby said.

Bobby said he makes the trip to Daytona every year.

“It’s very special. There’s a lot more to the event than most other races,” Bobby said.

It’s not just the race that’s special.

“You hear the whispers in the restaurant,” Lori said. “Is that Mr. Allison?”

But Bobby Allison is.

“The picture on my business card is my ’88 Buick,” Bobby said. “Where I won the 88 Daytona with this car.”

He knows how to count the years.

“77, 82 and 88,” Bobby recalls.

And the number of times…

“Three,” Bobby said.

He won the Daytona 500.

“It’s a really, really, really awesome feeling,” Bobby said.

There are legends in Nascar.

“That’s Mr. Allison to me, I don’t call him Bobby,” laughed Lori.

Some have 85 wins and 35 years of history.

“It’s great to see a rookie coming in, or a low-time competitor coming in and hitting the right brakes,” Bobby said.

Others are being written.

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