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NASCAR Engine Man Fox Passes Away

| , RacinToday.com Monday, June 16 2014

Ray Fox and driver David Pearson worked together in the early 1960s. (Photo by ISC Archives via Getty Images)

NASCAR engine builder, car owner and official Ray Fox died Sunday at the age of 98 it was announced on Monday.

Fox made his name in NASCAR as an engine builder, winning Mechanic of the Year in 1956 after the Chrysler 300 cars he built for Carl Kiekhaefer won 22 of the season’s first 26 races.

Fox has been nominated for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame each of the past three years.

In 1960, he built the Chevrolet in which NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500.

NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson won three times that year driving Fox-built Pontiacs.

Fox, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, transitioned to a car owner in 1962. He won 14 races in his NASCAR career, including nine with Johnson and two with NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker. Baker’s 1964 Southern 500 win came in a car owned by Fox.

Others who competed in Fox’s cars include NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough, Fred Lorenzen, Buddy Baker and Charlie Glotzbach.

Fox retired in the early 1970s but in 1990 accepted the role of NASCAR’s engine inspector, a position he held until his second retirement at the age of 80 in 1996.

NASCAR issued the following statement, regarding Fox’s passing: Ray Fox was one of the individuals who helped form the foundation of our sport, with a personality that was every bit as important as his on-track accomplishments. His place in our record book is secure, but no one should ever view Ray Fox solely in terms of statistics.

| , RacinToday.com Monday, June 16 2014
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