Edwards' last-lap crash similar to Allison's wreck

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - The driver whose spectacular crash was responsible for restrictor-plate racing at Talladega Superspeedway doesn't agree with Carl Edwards that NASCAR needs to change the rules to prevent a death at that track.

Bobby Allison was in an eerily similar crash in 1987 at Talladega to Edwards' wreck on the last lap of Sunday's race.

Allison's car also went airborne, hurled into the steel-cable fence and scattered debris into the crowd.

He was running over 200 mph and NASCAR mandated restrictor plates the following year to slow cars down.

Edwards said after his crash that drivers will race like they do at Talladega until they kill somebody.

Only then will NASCAR change the rules.

Allison believes that's an overstatement because the risk is part of the attraction.

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