about deaths of those involved in NASCAR main three divisions or major auto racing series
will ONLY post with confirmed link to an obit, am very careful with these posts
NOTE: do NOT post fan deaths, small series drivers, etc., usually keep it to the main three National series [Cup, XFINITY, Trucks],
major auto racing [F1, Indy, etc], immediate family [mother, father, etc] and NASCAR related media
Sad News - Bill Moss: William (Bill) W. Moss, whose engineering and construction company (Moss-Thornton Company) was instrumental in assisting William H.G. France in the creation of Talladega Superspeedway in 1969, passed away this past Saturday. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 28 at Canterbury Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL for the 81-year-old. While racing cars as an amateur in the late 1950s, Moss, who received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama, met France, the founder of NASCAR. A few years later in 1963, Moss, joined the family engineering business - known for building interstate highway projects, as well as industrial, railway and navigation endeavors. France had a vision to create the largest, steepest and fastest superspeedway in the world, just 40 miles outside of Birmingham and 90 miles from Atlanta (GA). He enlisted the help of Moss to help design and build a smooth, 2.66-mile, 33-degree banked venue that would see 200-plus mph speeds. Using cranes to aid in keeping the equipment (graders, pavers, bulldozers, etc.) on the mammoth steeped banks, Alabama International Motor Speedway was created in just over a year (groundbreaking May 23, 1968). As a symbol of his contribution to Talladega Superspeedway, the Moss-Thornton Grandstand and Moss-Thornton Tower overlook Talladega's famous start-finish line which sits near the entrance of turn one, distinguishing the track unlike others.(Talladega Superspeedway)(1-17-2017)
Sad News - Brian Scott: Brian Shawn Scott, 63, of Mooresville, NC passed away on January 9, 2017 in Charlotte, NC following a brief illness. He was born on October 7, 1953 in South Bend, IN. He worked for several years as a vice president of Keystone Cable Corporation before starting Scott Performance Wire (in 1990, supplying many NASCAR teams), which he owned and operated until his death. Full obituary, guest book and service info at Carter Funeral Home)(1-14-2017)
Sad News - Steve Allen: Steven Wayne Allen III, 33, of Advance, NC, and formerly of Rockingham, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at Baptist Hospital. Steve was an employee of Lanier Hardware in Lexington. His main love was his daughter Lexi, sports, being at the lake with his mom Debbie and Kevin, and spending time with his dad Steve who works for ECR Engines.(Carter Funeral Home)(12-31-2016)
Sad News - Ryan Copeland: Ryan Copeland, 42, passed away December 22, 2016 as a result of injuries from a snowmobile accident. He graduated the University of Akron in 1998 Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 18 years, the last 12 years in the NASCAR Race Tire division. He is survived by his loving wife, of 12 years, Maria; their three children, Tyler, Vincent and Gina. Full obituary, guest book and service info at Akron Beacon Journal and/or schermesserfh.com and GoFundMe (12-26-2016)
Sad News - Fed Harb: Mr. Fareed "Fred" Joseph Harb, Jr., 86, of Archdale, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Greensboro. Born June 14, 1930, in Lexington, Fred was the son of the late Fareed and Catherine Carter Harb. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Crawford, Thurman, and Mitchell Harb, and two sisters, Queenie Wells and Flomina O'Leary. Fred was a Sgt. First Class in the US Army's 82nd Airborne during the Korean War. He had owned and operated Harb's Garage and Body Shop in High Point for 62 years. He was a member of Christ Community Church, formerly First United Church of Christ. He was active in the High Point Senior Golf Association, and the High Point Bowling Association. He was also a member of the Old Timers Racing Club, having been involved in stock car racing since it's early days. He raced for the first time in 1949, in the NASCAR circuit formerly known as Grand National. He competed for a total of 10 years, and his most prized trophy was the James Naughton Sportsmanship Award which he earned for saving another driver's life during an actual race. He was featured in the book Red Dirt Tracks which later was made into the movie, Red Dirt Rising. On December 18, 1949, Fred married the former Betty Garner, who survives of the home. Also surviving are three sons, David Harb, of High Point, Randy (Martha) Harb, of Trinity, and Jerry (Tammy) Harb, of Sophia; grandchildren, Brian Harb and wife, Ashley, Mandy Luckey and husband, Bradley, Adam Harb and wife, Aryn, Brandon Harb and Bradley Harb; great grandchildren, Everette Harb, Garrett Harb, and Emma Luckey; and two sisters, Miheepa Jones and Margaret Carroll, both of Lexington. Funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale, officiated by Rev. Bill Hare. Interment will follow in Floral Garden Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday night from 6 until 8 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Community Outreach Archdale Trinity, (COAT) 10607 N. Main St., Archdale, NC 27263.(Cumby Funeral Home)(12-18-2016)
Sad News - Brock Yates: Automotive-journalist icon Brock Yates, inventor of the Cannonball Run cross-country road race, writer of successful screenplays and a fixture for decades at Car and Driver, passed away today [October 5th] from complications of Alzheimer's. Yates's columns in Car and Driver attacked everything from the 55-mph speed limit to the arrogance of safety advocate Ralph Nader. They spoke to the frustrations of people who loved cars but who were prevented from enjoying them by meddling government bureaucrats. Yates said in the pages of the magazine and in other outlets in which his work appeared what so many car enthusiasts felt.(AutoWeek). Yates wrote many Auto Racing books including: NASCAR Off The Record (10-6-2016)
Sad News - Bob Margolis: Robert "Bob" Henry Margolis, 65, of Macungie, PA, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 surrounded by his family in Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest Hospice. Bob was born in Allentown, PA to Joseph Louis and Shirley (Jacoby) Margolis. He fought a battle with cancer for 10 years, having both Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Head & Neck cancer. Bob was married to Becky Overcash. His youngest, Alana Margolis, is currently enrolled at University of Colorado at Denver, pursuing her dream of being a singer/songwriter, following in Bob's footsteps. Bob was a musician for over 50 years, working as a producer and record executive at RCA and Geffen Records with bands like Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, and Whitesnake. Bob also worked in the motor sports industry, starting as a sports journalist and continuing as a media consultant. Bob flourished in every job he had, and had copious amounts of friends in each field of business. Bob's passions were his children, music, motor sports and cooking. If you were to look up the definition of a Renaissance Man, you would see a picture of Bob and all of his accomplishments in life. Survivors: Include brother Donald Margolis of Orefield, PA, wife Becky Overcash, his children Brian Margolis of Gainesville, FL, Janelle Margolis of Allentown, PA, Natasha Margolis of Macungie, PA and Alana Margolis of Denver, CO; his granddaughter Brianna Margolis of Gainesville, FL and great-grandson Legend Mathes. His two labs, Maggie and Lola, will miss him as well. He is predeceased by both of his parents, his older sister Sandi Lynn and younger sister Jayne Margolis. Services: A Celebration of Life ceremony will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Robert C. Weir Funeral Home. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated because Bob's biggest desire was for Alana to attend college and achieve her dreams.(9-25-2016)
Sad News - Betty Jane France: Betty Jane France, known fondly as the "First Lady of NASCAR Racing," died Monday, according to various sources, including a tweet from a family member. A NASCAR representative would neither confirm nor deny France's death, but a friend of the family late Monday night confirmed that she had died in the afternoon. Betty Jane's grandson, driver Ben Kennedy, sent out a message on his Twitter account that read: "We all miss you grandma. Thank you for being you still can't believe it. #neverforgotten" France was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and chairperson of the NASCAR Foundation. The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award was created in her honor in 2011. Through the NASCAR Foundation, this award recognizes outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans. For the last five years, France presented this award at the NASCAR Awards Banquet in Las Vegas. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, France, the former Betty Jane Zachary, met her husband, William C. France in her hometown. They married and soon relocated to Daytona Beach. Bill France Jr. rose through the ranks to become the chairman and CEO of NASCAR. He passed away in June 2007 at the age of 74. France's children, Lesa France Kennedy, CEO of International Speedway Corporation and Brian France, chairman and CEO of NASCAR, now lead the empire started by William H.G. France, along with Betty Jane's brother-in-law, Jim France, who is vice chairman of NASCAR and chairman of ISC. Betty Jane France was a community leader and known as a champion of health care for children. She assisted in the establishment of the "Speediatrics" children's care unit at Halifax Health Medical Center and helped develop a similar facility for children in Homestead, where International Speedway Corporation owns a racetrack. She was a member of the Junior League and has served on boards of numerous area community service organizations including the Volusia/Flagler chapter of the American Red Cross and the Garden Club of the Halifax Country.(Daytona Beach News-Journal)
AND Betty Jane France, a philanthropist in support of children's health causes, passed away Monday evening. France is the mother of NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the former Betty Jane Zachary was the widow of the late NASCAR Chairman and CEO William C. France, who passed away in 2007. Betty Jane France was executive vice president and assistant treasurer of NASCAR and the chairwoman emeritus of the NASCAR Foundation.
"Last night, the NASCAR family lost a mother, a grandmother, a friend and the light that guided the sport's charitable arm," said Brian France. "My mother taught us incredible values, that of love, patience, compassion and joy. She embraced life every day, and nothing fueled her passion more than children. Her unmatched efforts in building The NASCAR Foundation improved the lives of millions of children throughout this country. And because of that, her legacy will live forever. My father leaned on my mother throughout his life, relying on her wisdom and calming demeanor to help grow the sport of NASCAR. She was there, every step of the way. When we lost my father, her positive presence remained, as she used her immense skill to grow NASCAR's heart and soul, The NASCAR Foundation. Our family thanks you for all of your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. My mother was a special woman, and an impressive person, and she will be dearly missed."
France became chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation upon the foundation's inception in 2004. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, the foundation is an entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide, recognizing outstanding charitable and volunteer efforts of NASCAR fans, was created in her honor in 2011. France was a longtime community leader in Daytona Beach, Florida, and best known as a steadfast champion of health care for children. She assisted in the establishment of "Speediatrics" children's care unit at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach and at Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Florida. In 2003, France was presented the Halifax Medical Center Foundation's Humanitarian Award in recognition of her advocacy, commitment, support and advancement of numerous area community service organizations including the Volusia/Flagler chapter of the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Junior League of Daytona Beach serving on boards of numerous area community service organizations. In July 2008, she was named as an honorary co-chairperson for the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, a project headed by longtime NASCAR team owner Richard Childress in Winston-Salem, N.C. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.(NASCAR)(8-30-2016)
Sad News - Waymond Lane Stricklin, Sr.: Waymond Lane Stricklin, Sr. went home to the Lord on August 24, 2016. He was born February 19, 1940 in Vina, AL (Franklin County). Mr. Stricklin was the owner of Giant Auto Parts in Pelham, AL for 32 years. He drove late model race cars until the late 1970s after which he enjoyed watching NASCAR races. His son, Hut Stricklin raced in NASCAR, competing in 328 Sprint Cup Series races with 2 2nd place finishes and 54 XFINITY Series races. Full obituary, guest book and service info at at pattersonfuneralhomes.com (8-26-2016)
Sad News - Josephine Bonnett: Josephine Bonnett, 99, from Hueytown, AL, had been a resident of Self Health and Rehab since 2011. Mrs. Bonnett worked at the Deli at Hills Grocery and later at Winn Dixie until she retired around 1985. She then, with her husband, traveled to many NASCAR races. They were their son, Neil's greatest fans as he raced on the NASCAR circuit until his death in 1994. She is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years; Lawrence Bonnett. Son; NASCAR driver Neil Bonnett and 13- brother and sisters. Full obituary, guest book and service info at at pattersonfuneralhomes.com (8-18-2016)
Sad News - John Cooper: John R. Cooper, a longtime motorsports executive, passed away August 17. Cooper became President of the Daytona International Speedway in December 1987, serving in that capacity until July 1990. Simultaneously, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development for ISC until July 1994. Cooper was a member of ISC's Board of Directors from 1987 until April 2003, and then was elected Director Emeritus.(ISC)
See an article about Cooper at the Daytona Beach News Journal (8-18-2016)
Sad News - Bryan Clauson: Bryan Clauson, 27, died Sunday evening from injuries sustained in a crash the night before at the Belleville (Kan.) Nationals midget race on the half-mile dirt oval. Clauson was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb., but did not survive. The native Californian earned a USAC-INDYCAR scholarship for winning the 2010 USAC national driver's title. The scholarship earned Clauson six Indy Lights starts in 2011 in a car shared with current Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Conor Daly at Sam Schmidt Motorsports while Clauson continued to race in USAC's national series. His best finish in eight career Indy Lights was third at Iowa Speedway in 2011. Clauson won the scholarship award again in 2012, allowing him to make his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2012 with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing, qualifying 31st and finishing 30th. Clauson returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015, finishing 31st in the Indy 500 for KVSH/Jonathan Byrd's Racing. Clauson also served as a development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2007-08, winning an ARCA race in 2007. He made 21 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts in 2008, finishing second in rookie points where he teamed occasionally with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti.
Statement from family of Bryan Clauson: The family of Indy 500 veteran and USAC champion driver Bryan Clauson released the following statement this morning: "Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiancÚ, our friend, Bryan Clauson. He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him. Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane. However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fan's day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans. We would like to thank everybody who has shown their concern toward us and kept us in their prayers. We will never be able to truly thank you. We would also like to thank the staff at Bryan Medical Center who stood and fought with our Bryan since he arrived here early yesterday morning. We know that our Bryan is also your Bryan and that you would like to participate in honoring him. A service will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a date and time to be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, or to make a donation, people may direct their contributions to the USAC Benevolent Fund website or checks should be made out to the USAC Benevolent Foundation in the name of Bryan Clauson. The address is 124 E Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112.
Thank you for being a part of our Bryan's life. Lauren, Tim, Di, and Taylor."(IMS)(8-8-2016)
Sad News - Barney Hall: Hall of Fame broadcaster Barney Hall, a cornerstone of MRN's NASCAR coverage since the network's founding in 1970, died Tuesday from complications following a recent medical procedure. He was 83. At the time of his death, Hall was in the company of long-time companion Karen Carrier - the love of his life.
Hall was born on June 24, 1932, in Elkin, N.C., the town he called home his entire life. After graduating from high school, he joined the Navy and served four years of active duty, during which Hall launched his radio career. He would return to his hometown and work as a disc jockey at radio station WIFM for 13 years.
Hall was widely known for his calm voice and unmatched storytelling. He was part of MRN's award-winning race coverage since the network's debut in 1970. Prior to that, Hall served as Bristol Motor Speedway's first public address announcer, called his first Daytona 500 in 1960 and missed only four broadcasts in the 57-year history of "The Great American Race." One of those was the "500" won by Matt Kenseth in 2012, when illness sidelined Hall. But as NASCAR returned to Martinsville Speedway one month later, fans once again heard a comforting, familiar voice over the airwaves. Barney was back in the booth.
Hall remained an integral part of the network's NASCAR coverage throughout the next two years. On July 6, 2014, he worked his final race - calling Aric Almirola's rain-shortened win at Daytona International Speedway, which returned the iconic #43 Richard Petty Motorsports entry to Victory Lane. Hall's voice was heard on a number of special broadcasts in the months that followed. The National Motorsports Press Association named Hall its Broadcaster of the Year in 2014. He and MRN producer Darrell Smith teamed up to win another NMPA award in 2015. Barney was inducted into that organization's Hall of Fame in 2007. In May 2012, NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame jointly announced the creation of a new award to honor the media's contributions to the success of the sport. It carried the names of two legendary MRN broadcasters: Barney Hall and Ken Squier, who were also the first recipients.
Hall was recently recognized by the Motor Racing Network with an appreciation award for his 45 years of service. Mr. Hall is survived by Karen Carrier, the love of his life for 35 years, an aunt and several cousins.(Motor Racing Networks)(1-27-2016)
SERVICE/OBIT INFO: Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Jonesville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Stanley Stogner, Pastor Scott Price and Dr. Roger Hensley officiating. Interment will follow in Crestwood Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by U.S. Navy and Yadkin VFW Post 10346. The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jonesville First Baptist Church and also on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials made to Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC 27317; or Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, NC 27017. Online condolences may be made to www.elkinfuneralservice.com or the Charlotte Observer.
. (nice article at the Charlotte Observer by Tom Higgins: Since Day 2, voice of NASCAR Barney Hall has approached sport with measured respect.(1-28-2016)
Legendary Broadcaster Barney Hall Passes Away At Age 83: Barney Hall, who communicated the thrill of NASCAR stock car racing to millions of radio listeners during a more than 50-year broadcast career has died at the age of 83. A native of Elkin, North Carolina, Hall was one of the original members of the Motor Racing Network staff and was known as the "Voice of MRN." He was inducted into the National Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007 and in 2012 joined former MRN colleague Ken Squier as the initial recipients and namesakes of the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence.
"The entire NASCAR family extends its condolences to the family, friends and fans of Barney Hall, a NASCAR broadcasting giant for more than 50 years," said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. "Barney's impeccable delivery and incredible storytelling skills left an indelible mark on the sport that he so clearly loved. His legacy remains through an honor that rightly carries his name - the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. It will remain a constant reminder of the skill and passion that Barney brought to his work."
Hall began his broadcast career in the 1950s working at local radio stations in North Carolina. He served as Bristol Motor Speedway's first public address announcer and called his first Daytona 500 in 1960. Hall joined the Motor Racing Network first as a turn announcer and then moved to the booth in the late 1970s, where he had been a fixture until 2014. Hall called a number of the sport's milestone moments including the landmark 1979 Daytona 500 that featured a post-race scuffle among Bobby and Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough; Richard Petty's 200th career victory in 1984; and Dale Earnhardt's 1998 win in the Daytona 500.
Hall's NASCAR broadcast career began almost by accident. The recipient of free tickets as a local radio personality, he started attending races in the late 1950s. He was offered $75 for a weekend of public address duties at the then-new Bristol Motor Speedway in 1960 and a career was born. That led to a job with what was known as the Daytona 500 Network, operating out of WNDB in Daytona Beach, Fla. - a forerunner of the Motor Racing Network.(NASCAR)(1-27-2016)