Sam Ard

Devin
@devin
last year
611 posts

Sam Ard passed away this morning.

Sam Ard was a former NASCAR driver. Ard was the runner-up in 1982 of NASCAR's Late Model Sportsman Series, and followed up his run with back-to-back championships in 1983 and 1984.

Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Johnny Mallonee
@johnny-mallonee
last year
3,259 posts

 He is a great local driver know far and wide.   He will be missed by many,many old and new racers for the mark he left on their lives and a few on the sides of their cars while passing.  

  REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND !!  

Tim Leeming
@tim-leeming
last year
3,119 posts

It is a sad day for all who knew Sam and watched him race.  His potential was unlimited until that wreck that ended his career. My thoughts and prayers to the Ard family and to all who knew such a great man.

Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
last year
9,124 posts

Sam Ard obituary & tribute link:

http://www.stoudenmiredowling.com/obituaries/Samuel-Ard-2/#!/TributeWall




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"Any Day is Good for Stock Car Racing"
Dennis Andrews
@dennis-andrews
last year
829 posts

RIP Sam. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Dennis Andrews
@dennis-andrews
last year
829 posts

From former crew member Donald Brady collection.

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Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
last year
9,124 posts

You never know what will jog special racing memories. Beginning in February 1981, I hosted what the late journalist and broadcaster, Chris Economaki called the "greatest parties in racing history" - the Daytona Wrangler Speedweeks Parties - always on Thursday night after the Twin qualifying races. These parties were planned and staged by the famous Rhodes Brothers, who provided the venues, food and entertainment - by them.

The very first Wrangler Speedweeks party in 1981 was held at The Showboat restaurant and nightclub on the mainland side of the Port Orange Bridge. At times the Thursday Twin Qualifiers fell on Valentines Day - February 14. February 14 just happened to be Sam Ard's birthday. This morning while reading the tributes to Sam flowing into the Florence, SC funeral home handling his arrangements, the tribute below caught my eye:

"RIP my friend. I thank you for all the great memories both at and away from the track. I still remember the Wrangler party in Daytona on your birthday. Thanks you for all you gave to auto racing. Prayers to Jo and the family."



































































































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"Any Day is Good for Stock Car Racing"

updated by @dave-fulton: 04/03/17 05:36:32PM
John R. Bockelman
@john-r-bockelman
last year
62 posts

Rest in peace, Sam.  JB