NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison admitted at a press conference in Richmond, VA Friday that only a train could stop the renowned driver in his tracks. "I do brake for trains," Allison said. "I don’t brake for anybody else, but I brake for trains."
Allison was at the Spring Cup race in Richmond to help current NASCAR driver David Ragan promote CSX’s Play It Safe campaign, which encourages cautious thinking around railroad tracks. Also at the press conference were Terry Ludban, Director of Community Affairs & Safety for CSX; and State Senator Bryce Reeves of Fredericksburg, VA. All stressed the importance of being mindful when and where trains could be present.
"It is something we need to take seriously," Ragan explained. "A lot of people aren’t aware of the dangers that present themselves with not paying attention and not making good decisions at railroad tracks."
To increase awareness, Ragan invited fans to sign the hood of his No. 34 Ford on Friday afternoon. He then raced Saturday night with his hood covered in signed safety promises from over 100 fans and fellow drivers, including Allison.
Fans also took home the "I brake for trains" bumper sticker that appears on Ragan’s racecar all season long. State Officers of FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) distributed over 10,000 bumper stickers as attendees exited the raceway.
On the track, Ragan took 20th place, his best finish of the 2013 season. For more details on the race and initiative, please visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nascar/2013/04/26/david-ragan-csx-brake-for-trains-richmond/2116509/.