Johnny Ray (racing driver) is confirmed dead at the age of 82.
Johnny was best known as a American NASCAR driver.
Johnny Ray
Born(1937-03-25)March 25, 1937
Eastaboga, Alabama
DiedJanuary 27, 2020(2020-01-27) (aged 82)[1]
NASCAR Cup Series career
8 races run over 3 years
Best finish73rd (1975)
First race1974 Winston 500 (Talladega)
Last race1976 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
WinsTop tensPoles
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Johnny Ray (March 25, 1937 – January 27, 2020) was an American stock car racing driver. Father of Kevin Ray, he was a competitor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Contents
1 Career
2 Accident
3 Post-accident career
4 Motorsports career results
4.1 NASCAR
4.1.1 Winston Cup Series
5 References
6 External links
Career
Ray began his career at the top level of NASCAR competition, the Winston Cup Series (now the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series) in 1974, making his debut at Alabama International Motor Speedway (now Talladega Superspeedway); he finished 41st of 50 cars in the event. He went on to race seven more times in the series between 1974 and 1976; his best finish came at Talladega later in 1974, when he finished 22nd. In 1975, Ray, a trucker by profession, set a world speed record for eighteen-wheeler tractor-trailers, 92 miles per hour (148 km/h), at Talladega.
Accident
Ray entered the 1976 season planning to compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the Winston Cup Series. Competing in the 1976 Daytona 500, the second race of the season, Ray crashed on the 112th lap, skidding in oil before being hit by Skip Manning. Extricated from his wrecked Chevrolet, Ray was taken to Halifax Medical Center, where he was found to have no vital signs and was initially declared dead; last-ditch resuscitation efforts managed to revive Ray. While he survived the accident, and competed in some local events in Alabama over the next few years, he never participated in NASCAR competition as a driver again.
Post-accident career
Following his recovery, Ray went on to own cars driven by Dale Earnhardt, Johnny Rutherford, and Chuck Bown during the late 1970s; he also owned a team in the 1990s for his son, Kevin Ray, competing on a limited basis in the NASCAR Busch Series and the ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Supercar Series.
Motorsports career results
NASCAR
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Winston Cup Series
NASCAR Winston Cup Series results
Year
Team
No.
Make
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
NWCC
Pts
1974
Davis Racing
84
Dodge
RSD
DAY
RCH
CAR
BRI
ATL
DAR
NWS
MAR
TAL41
NSV
DOV
CLT
RSD
MCH
DAY
BRI
NSV
ATL
POC
TAL22
MCH
DAR
RCH
DOV
NWS
MAR
CLT
CAR
ONT
80th
4.57
1975
Blackwell Racing
77
Chevy
RSD
DAY
RCH
CAR
BRI
ATL
NWS
DAR
MAR
TAL48
NSV
DOV
CLT
RSD
MCH24
DAY30
NSV
POC
TAL40
MCH
DAR
DOV
NWS
MAR
CLT
RCH
CAR
BRI
ATL
ONT
73rd
226
1976
Champion Racing
10
Ford
RSD31
105th
67
Blackwell Racing
Chevy
DAY28
CAR
RCH
BRI
ATL
NWS
DAR
MAR
TAL
NSV
DOV
CLT
RSD
MCH
DAY
NSV
POC
TAL
MCH
BRI
DAR
RCH
DOV
MAR
NWS
CLT
CAR
ATL
ONT
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