When the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Collection go to Talladega Superspeedway on 24/25 April, Joey Gase will sport a particular quantity and livery. On Tuesday, he introduced he’ll drive the #28 Ford Mustang in each collection’ races for Rick Ware Racing, and each automobiles will characteristic a tribute paint scheme to the late Davey Allison.
After Allison, a 2019 NASCAR Corridor of Fame inductee, died in a helicopter crash on the way in which to Talladega, his organs have been donated and went to 4 recipients. On the time of his dying, he was a nineteen-time Cup race winner, together with the 1992 Daytona 500, and driving a black-and-red #28 Havoline automotive owned by Robert Yates Racing that has develop into a a lot beloved design amongst followers.
Gase’s mom Mary was additionally an organ and tissue donor, and her contributions following her passing helped 66 folks. For a lot of Gase’s NASCAR profession, he has raced with logos and messages urging others to do the identical. As April is Nationwide Donate Life Month, it’s maybe becoming that Gase honour Allison, particularly at a observe the place he received thrice on the Cup degree. Allison additionally had 4 Talladega victories in ARCA.
“When Davey handed, his household knew if he might not proceed his life, he would need to do no matter he might to assist others proceed theirs,” Gase acknowledged. “I need to present he was a hero each throughout his lifetime and after. As some know, my mother was an organ donor as effectively. It has develop into a mission of mine these final 10 years to maintain her legacy alive by honoring donors and donor households and to assist elevate consciousness for organ donation. There are at the moment over 110,000 folks on the wait checklist nationwide for organ transplants. After I came upon Davey was a donor, I believed it will be extremely particular to have the ability to honor him and his household at Talladega. Will probably be 28 years in July since Davey handed away.”
For the trouble, RWR’s #17 Xfinity automotive will develop into the #28, whereas one of many group’s two multi-driver Cup automobiles will do the identical. The #15 and #53 are being piloted by varied names in 2021, however it’s going to possible be the #53 that adjustments numbers because it has seen motion as a Ford like Allison’s #28 (the #15 is completely a Chevrolet). Gase has run two races within the #53 in 2021 with a finest end of twentieth within the Daytona 500, whereas Talladega will mark his first Xfinity race of the 12 months.
Each #28 automobiles will even emulate Allison’s Havoline paint scheme, together with a variation of the Havoline emblem on the hood. The phrase “In Honor of Organ Donor Davey Allison” is positioned atop the crimson star hood emblem together with the web site RegisterMe.org/28, the place guests can register for organ donation.
The tribute was accepted by Allison’s widow Liz, who defined she was “very honoured and proud for Davey to be remembered on this means, particularly at our house observe. Davey cherished racing at Talladega and all the time cherished to listen to the followers cheering for him, because the hometown favourite. Having Joey carry again the #28 and Davey’s 1993 paint scheme shall be particular for thus many people. Davey would need the main target to be on Donor Consciousness. An enormous a part of Davey’s legacy is being a Donor Hero. We shall be cheering Joey on and hoping to see that 28 and people acquainted colours in Victory Lane yet one more time.”
Gase completed a career-best fifth at Talladega within the 2015 Xfinity race.
The Cup race will mark the primary for a #28 automotive since Travis Kvapil ran 4 races in 2009 for Yates Racing within the group’s remaining season. The quantity has seen newer utilization within the Xfinity Collection because the short-lived H2 Motorsports raced with it for seven races in 2019 earlier than its demise.