Jack Nicklaus . . . Bill Shoemaker . . . and, now, Bobby Allison.
Allison, 48 years old and winless through his last 55 races, became the latest fading star to rise up and claim a major victory when he took the Winston 500 stock car race before about 130,000 spectators at Talladega, Ala.
He is the oldest driver to win a race in NASCAR's top division. Richard Petty was 47 when he last won at Charlotte, N.C., in October 1984.
"I may be over the hill, like some people have been saying, but I enjoy what I'm doing," said Allison.
Allison held off a last-turn challenge from Dale Earnhardt on Alabama International Motor Speedway to win for the first time since the World 600 at Charlotte in May 1984. Earnhardt did take the Winston Cup season point lead.
Pole starter Bill Elliott overpowered the fastest field in stock car racing history until his transmission broke 14 laps from the end of the 188-lap event, spewing oil over the 2.66-mile oval and bringing out the day's ninth caution flag. Allison, from fifth place, began charging as the green flag dropped on lap 179 and he took the lead on the 183rd. His Buick LeSabre finished two car-lengths ahead of Earnhardt's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.
Allison averaged 157.698 mph and earned $77,905 for his 82nd career victory.
The start was delayed when an unidentified man came out of the stands and drove off in one of the pace cars. The car got to the fourth turn, running at speeds up to 100 mph, before a blockade of maintenance and safety trucks halted it. Police took the man into custody . . .
Paolo Gargano, 44, was killed when his Lola racer crashed into a deep ravine at almost 100 mph during a time trial for a hill climb in Foggia, Italy. After the Saturday crash, the Sunday race was postponed indefinitely.