Saturday, December 23, 2017

#RIPBarryDodson - Winning #NASCAR Cup Crew Chief

#RIPBarryDodson - Winning #NASCAR Cup Crew Chief
Barry Dodson, age sixty-four passed away Wednesday. Dodson had been battling some health issues and had a pacemaker inserted last year to help deal with heart problems.

“Barry’s death leaves us with heavy hearts and we’re really going to miss him,” his brother, John Dodson, told “He touched a lot of people in the sport of NASCAR and really put a lot into everything he did in the sport. “We love him and we’re all really going to miss him.”

Dodson was known as a savvy crew chief who led NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace to his lone premier series championship in 1989. Barry had nineteen Cup Series wins as a crew chief for Wallace, Tim Richmond and Darrell Waltrip.

#RIPBarryDodson - Winning #NASCAR Cup Crew Chief
“In my opinion, he was one of the greatest crew chiefs ever in the history of NASCAR. He worked for Raymond Beadle, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and myself."
"One of the reasons I loved Barry so much is that Barry guided me personally to a lot of victories and to a championship. In ’89, it was such a magical year.” Rusty Wallace

Trent Owens, is Barry’s stepson and serves as crew chief at JGT Daugherty Racing with driver Chris Buescher.

Barry Dodson's speech at the 1989 Winston Cup awards banquet, receiving an award for being the champion crew chief.

#RIPBarryDodson - Winning #NASCAR Cup Crew Chief

Family statement from Barry’s brother, John Dodson

“Barry’s passing leaves us all with heavy hearts. He left his mark in the NASCAR history books and he served the sport with a passion that few will ever match. We love him and we miss him. “

NASCAR Statement on the Passing of Barry Dodson

"Barry Dodson’s talent as a crew chief was evident, winning a championship in 1989 and a number of races throughout a career that lasted parts of three decades at the top levels of the sport. His extraordinary skills around a racecar were rivaled only by his passion for the sport, and his perseverance in the face of adversity. NASCAR extends its condolences to the family and friends of Barry Dodson. He will be missed."

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