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Neil Bonnett
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Auto Racer
    (July 30, 1946-February 11, 1994)
    Born in Bessemer, Alabama
    Inducted into National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame (1997)
    Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
    Inducted into International Motorsports Hall of Fame (2001)
    18 career NASCAR Winston Cup Victories
    20 Career NASCAR Winston Cup Poles
    Killed in a crash practicing for the 1994 Daytona 500
    He dropped out of the final race of the 1993 season after 3 laps to help teammate and friend Dale Earnhardt win the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship.
    He missed significant periods of time during his career due to injuries suffered while racing.
    He suffered from depression after an accident that left him with a serious head injury.
    His depression became more serious after the deaths of friends Clifford and Davey Allison in the span of a year.
    He crashed out of his first race after a 3 year absence after his car flipped and hit a fence in 1993.
    He appeared in the Burt Reynolds movie flop 'Stroker Ace.'
    He helped rescue good friend Red Farmer from a helicopter crash at Talledega Superspeedway,
    Davey Allison was killed in the accident despite his best efforts to save him.
    He was a protege of Bobby Allison.
    He was a part of one of the first successful multi-car teams in NASCAR.
    He was also close friends with Dale Earnhardt.
    He was was well-liked by fans because of his smooth delivery, warm sense of humor and knowledge of the sport as an announcer.
    He came back from a 3 year absence from racing to race at Talledega in 1993.
    After crashing out of his first race back, he called the rest of the race from the announce booth.

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