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Buddy Arrington
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Born(1938-07-26)July 26, 1938
Martinsville, Virginia
DiedAugust 2, 2022(2022-08-02) (aged 84)
Martinsville, Virginia
NASCAR Cup Series career
560 races run over 25 years
Best finish7th (1982)
First race1963 Jacksonville 200 (Jacksonville)
Last race1988 Firecracker 400 (Daytona)
WinsTop tensPoles
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Buddy Arrington (July 26, 1938 - August 2nd, 2022) was a retired American NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver.
Contents
1 Racing career
2 Motorsports career results
2.1 NASCAR
2.1.1 Grand National Series
2.1.2 Winston Cup Series
2.1.2.1 Daytona 500
3 References
4 References
Racing career
Arrington's 1981 Dodge Mirada
Arrington's 1983 Chrysler Imperial
Arrington has the second-most starts without a win, and finished in the top 10 of NASCAR points twice; in 1978 (ninth) and 1982 (seventh). Arrington was loyal to his Mopar cars and engines, as he ran Chryslers and Dodges until 1985 (Chrysler stopped production of raceable body styles in 1983 and they became ineligible two years later) when the company stopped supporting them. His best career race and finish was at Talladega in 1979, where he had a powerful enough car to lead a few laps towards the end, and finished third. Arrington finished one lap ahead of Richard Petty, driving one of Petty's cast-off Dodge Magnums that were left when Petty abandoned Mopar and began driving General Motors vehicles a year earlier, and several other top NASCAR drivers. Arrington almost always ran his own car, and his operation was a very money-conscious effort. His pit crew were almost always unpaid volunteers, and he relied heavily (and almost exclusively) on used equipment with Petty's old Magnums being his primary cars. Since Arrington could not afford new cars, his team would have to reconfigure the Petty cars and re-skin them into Dodge Miradas or Chrysler Imperials for a 1981 rule change.
Arrington's two Chrysler Imperials were the last Chrysler products to run in the NASCAR Winston Cup series. He ran the car at first in two races in the 1981 season, and in more races (alternating with Dodge Miradas) until April 1985, when at that point the parts supply, even used, for Chrysler products (Chrysler factory support ended in late 1978) dried up. He sold one of the Imperials (purchased from Cecil Gordon in 1984) to Phil Goode in April 1985 (Goode raced it till the end of the 1985 season), and his other Imperial was given to the NASCAR Hall of Fame at Talladega, Alabama. Arrington was always a much-liked man on the NASCAR circuit, and other teams and a small, but loyal fan club pitched in to help keep him racing. In 1985 the generosity of rising NASCAR star driver Bill Elliott (who sold Buddy his slightly used Ford Thunderbird race cars and parts on the cheap) kept Arrington driving until 1988. Buddy's son Joey Arrington (who at the age of 17 served on Buddy's pit crew, and built up his engines), now runs Arrington Manufacturing in Martinsville, Virginia. The company builds racing engines (mostly Dodges) for the Craftsman Truck Series, and test engines for Nextel Cup Nationwide series cars. Buddy Arrington is a regular visitor to his son's company, and often offers advice to young (mostly Dodge) drivers trying to make it in NASCAR racing.
Arrington is a noted figure in NASCAR and Mopar history. He began professional NASCAR racing in December 1963 behind the wheel of his Dodge hardtop, and for the next twenty-five years, he never missed a season; finally retiring from the sport in 1988. What made Arrington unique in the history of the sport was his absolute dedication and loyalty to Chrysler, and his positive attitude in spite of what often seemed like insurmountable odds. Being the team owner and driver, Arrington drove Dodges from 1964 all the way through mid-season 1985. In 1984 and 1985, his Chrysler Imperial became the last Chrysler product in NASCAR until Dodge reentered the sport in 2001. As prolific a racer as Buddy Arrington was, and as popular as he still remains among fans, he never won a single NASCAR race. In his 560 career starts, he mustered fifteen top-five finishes, and his highest points finish was seventh, achieved in 1982. Still, Buddy Arrington never abandoned the Mopar banner until Mopar completely abandoned him, and pulling all parts sponsorships in 1985.
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.)
Grand National Series
NASCAR Grand National 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
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
Pts
Ref
1964
Arrington Racing
78
Dodge
CON
AUG
JSP8
SVH
RSD
DAY
DAY
DAY
BRI25
GPS14
BGS
ATL
AWS
HBO13
PIF
CLB
NWS18
MAR27
SVH
DAR31
LGY
HCY
SBO12
CLT
GPS7
ASH10
ATL
CON15
NSV
CHT
BIR
VAL
PIF14
DAY
ODS5
OBS
BRR
ISP
GLN
LIN
BRI9
NSV23
MBS
AWS19
DTS
ONA10
CLB12
BGS23
STR
DAR
HCY11
RCH12
ODS
HBO5
MAR42
SVH
NWS31
CLT
HAR9
AUG14
JAC8
34th
6364
Plymouth
RCH11
1965
67
Dodge
RSD
DAY
DAY
DAY
PIF
ASW
RCH
HBO5
ATL38
GPS
NWS33
MAR5
CLB
BRIWth
DAR
CLT25
CCF
NSV15
BIR8
OBSDNQ
ISP
GLN
BRI12
NSV3
CCF
AWS21
AUG11
CLB
DTS
BLV
BGS
DAR5
MAR12
NWS35
CAR41
22nd
11744
6
LGY4
BGS16
HCY19
62
ASH19
HAR12
GPS5
MBS
VAL
DAY
ODS
SMR24
PIF7
HCY25
LIN8
ODS13
RCH22
HBO18
DTS24
Lester Hunter
35
Dodge
ATL10
Langley Racing
84
Ford
CLT15
1966
Arrington Racing
67
Dodge
AUG
RSD
DAY
DAY
DAY
CAR25
BRI27
MAR36
DAR27
LGY
MGR
MON
RCH
CLT19
DTS
ASH
PIF
SMR
AWS
BLV
GPS
DAY36
ODS24
BRR
OXF
FON
ISP
BRI
ATL6
DAR39
HCY
RCH23
HBO9
MAR32
NWS15
CLT44
32nd
7636
Joan Petre
73
Ford
ATL28
HCY
CLB
GPS23
BGS22
NWS22
Fox Racing
3
Dodge
SMR24
NSV15
Arrington Racing
65
Dodge
CLB24
AWS11
BLV8
BGS22
Paul Lewis
1
Plymouth
CAR14
1967
Arrington Racing
67
Dodge
AUG
RSD
DAY
DAY
DAY
AWS
BRI
GPS
BGS
ATL14
CLB
HCY9
NWS27
MAR9
SVH
RCH16
DAR28
BLV9
LGY12
CLT17
ASH5
MGR24
SMR
BIR
CAR39
GPS
MGY
DAY
TRN
OXF
FDA
ISP
BRI22
SMR
NSV
ATL
BGS
CLB
SVH
DAR15
HCY
RCH
BLV
HBO
MAR
NWSDNQ
26th
9768
69
CLT9
CAR
AWS
1968
67
MGR
MGY
RSD
DAY11
BRI
RCH
ATL
HCY
GPS
CLB
NWS
MAR
AUG
AWS
DAR
BLV
LGY
CLT
ASH
MGR
SMR
BIR
CAR
GPS
DAY
ISP
OXF
FDA
TRN
BRI
SMR
NSV
ATL
CLB
BGS
AWS
SBO
LGY
DAR
HCY
RCH
BLV
HBO
MAR
NWS
AUG
CLT
CAR
JFC
NA
0
1969
MGR
MGY
RSD
DAY6
DAY
DAY28
CAR19
AUG
BRI26
ATL10
CLB
HCY
GPS
RCH23
NWS8
MAR5
AWS
DAR
BLV15
LGY9
CLT22
MGR
SMR
MCH
KPT
GPS
NCF
DAY23
DOV
TPN
TRN
BLV
BRI
NSV
SMR
ATL
MCH
SBO
BGS
AWS
DAR
HCY
RCH
TAL
CLB
MAR5
NWS27
CLT36
SVH
AUG
CAR35
JFC
MGR
TWS
33rd
1099
1970
5
RSD
DAY
DAY25
DAY29
RCH
CAR
SVH
ATL
BRI
TAL
NWS
CLB
DAR6
BLV
LGY
CLT13
SMR
MAR19
MCH39
RSD
HCY
KPT
GPS
DAY14
AST
TPN
TRN
BRI29
SMR27
NSV32
ATL18
CLB
ONA
MCH32
TAL42
BGS
SBO
DAR14
HCY
RCH26
DOV
NCF
NWS28
CLT8
MAR12
MGR
CAR40
LGY
33rd
1087
1971
RSD
DAY
DAY
DAY
ONT
RCH
CAR
HCY
BRI
ATL
CLB
GPS
SMR
NWS
MAR
DAR
SBO
TAL
ASH
KPT
CLT
DOV
MCH
RSD
HOU
GPS
DAY
BRI
AST
ISP
TRN
NSV
ATL
BGS
ONA
MCH
TAL
CLB
HCY
DAR
MAR14
CLT
DOV
CAR
MGR
RCH
NWS
TWS
NA
0
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
31
NWCC
Pts
Ref
1972
Arrington Racing
67
Plymouth
RSD
DAY32
RCH
ONT
22nd
4555.89
Dodge
CAR8
ATL11
BRIDNQ
DAR6
NWS
MAR27
TAL31
CLT7
DOV
MCH9
RSD
TWS
DAY17
BRI
TRN
ATL13
TAL5
MCH33
NSV
DAR6
RCH10
DOV27
MAR7
NWS11
CLT8
CAR10
TWS34
1973
RSD
DAY9
RCH17
NWS25
DAR13
MAR18
NSV14
DOV21
MCH16
BRI30
ATL11
NSV12
DAR14
RCH5
DOV40
NWS25
MAR9
12th
5483.9
Plymouth
CAR12
BRI14
ATL15
TAL49
CLT32
TWS17
RSD
DAY18
TAL27
CLT7
CAR24
1974
RSD
DAYDNQ
RCH10
CAR16
BRI21
ATL
DAR16
NWS27
MAR17
TAL46
NSV10
DOV12
CLT19
RSD
MCH12
DAY21
BRI8
NSV9
ATL15
POC16
TAL
MCH
DAR
RCH
DOV
NWS
MAR
CLT
CAR
ONT
30th
221.2
1975
Dodge
RSD
DAY
RCH6
CAR9
19th
2654
Plymouth
BRI15
ATL
NWS20
DAR10
MAR14
TAL38
NSV28
DOV13
CLT26
RSD
MCH15
DAY21
NSV25
POC12
TAL24
MCH22
DAR17
DOV18
NWS18
MAR11
RCH12
CAR13
BRI15
ATL20
ONT
Chevy
CLT17
1976
Dodge
RSD
DAY11
CAR31
ATL30
DAR24
MAR28
TAL22
NSV26
DOV31
CLT14
RSD
MCH11
DAY40
NSV26
TAL33
MCH
DAR35
RCH18
DOV10
MAR11
CLT12
CAR16
ATL
ONTDNQ
20th
2573
Plymouth
RCH11
BRI9
NWS18
POC7
BRI17
NWS12
1977
Dodge
RSD
DAY38
RCH24
CAR14
ATL11
NWS10
DAR14
BRI14
MAR
TAL19
NSV15
DOV11
CLT18
RSD19
MCH19
DAY22
NSV9
POC15
TAL12
MCH14
BRI10
DAR14
RCH25
DOV13
MAR7
NWS10
CLT17
CAR12
ATL17
11th
3247
Ford
ONT19
1978
RSD11
RSD18
ONT35
9th
3626
Dodge
DAY16
RCH15
CAR9
ATL14
BRI8
DAR18
NWS11
MAR5
TAL12
DOV13
CLT15
NSV9
MCH12
DAY34
NSV12
POC14
TAL15
MCH12
BRI12
DAR8
RCH16
DOV22
MAR10
NWS13
CLT14
CAR9
ATL16
1979
Ford
RSD18
RSD9
11th
3589
Dodge
DAY12
CAR19
RCH15
ATL29
NWS25
BRI13
DAR25
MAR22
TAL3
NSV26
DOV10
CLT12
TWS9
MCH15
DAY15
NSV17
POC22
TAL8
MCH20
BRI14
DAR14
RCH13
DOV32
MAR7
CLT12
NWS9
CAR17
ATL17
ONT19
1980
RSD14
DAY41
RCH6
CAR25
ATL19
BRI21
DAR14
NWS13
MAR10
TAL18
NSV27
DOV26
CLT10
TWS28
RSD14
MCH23
DAY10
NSV10
POC13
TAL38
MCH13
BRI20
DAR17
RCH12
DOV13
NWS26
MAR8
CLT13
CAR12
ATL11
ONT10
12th
3461
1981
RSD9
DAY26
RCH16
CAR37
ATL14
BRI13
NWS29
DAR13
MAR8
TAL17
DOV7
CLT15
TWS13
RSD26
MCH12
DAY17
NSV28
POC16
MCH35
BRI10
DAR37
RCH13
DOV14
MAR11
NWS10
CLT10
CAR14
ATL17
RSD24
11th
3381
Negre Racing
NSV9
Arrington Racing
Chrysler
TAL41
1982
Dodge
DAY15
RCH14
BRI15
ATL14
CAR9
DAR8
NWS16
MAR8
TAL11
NSV14
DOV11
CLT11
POC12
RSD15
MCH15
DAY12
NSV22
POC9
TAL20
BRI16
DAR9
RCH16
DOV7
NWS21
MAR10
CAR23
7th
3642
Chrysler
MCH6
CLT22
ATL14
RSD35
1983
DAY16
CAR22
NWS15
TAL23
NSV16
DOV19
BRI16
CLT12
RSD17
MCH29
DAY34
NSV24
BRI13
NWS18
CLT34
ATL14
15th
3158
Dodge
RCH20
ATL16
DAR23
MAR9
POC17
POC32
TAL18
MCH23
DAR18
RCH14
DOV23
MAR10
CAR12
RSD23
1984
Chrysler
DAY25
RCH
CAR15
NWS20
MAR25
TAL24
DOV32
RSD21
POC23
MCH18
DAY36
NSV17
POC16
TAL21
MCH31
BRI13
DAR28
RCH23
DOV17
20th
2504
Dodge
ATL20
BRI22
DAR11
NSV21
CLT32
MAR18
CLTDNQ
CAR20
ATLDNQ
RSDDNQ
Thomas Racing
41
Chevy
NWS29
1985
Arrington Racing
67
Dodge
DAY
RCH
CAR16
20th
2780
Chrysler
ATL18
BRI25
RSD31
Ford
DAR17
NWS20
MAR15
TAL14
DOV23
CLT22
POC19
MCH23
DAY16
POC18
TAL16
MCH10
BRI15
DAR18
RCH22
DOV11
MAR21
NWS23
CLT17
CAR16
ATL20
RSD22
1986
65
DAYDNQ
20th
2776
67
DAY23
RCH14
CAR17
ATL20
BRI17
DARDNQ
NWS21
MAR15
TAL22
DOV15
CLTDNQ
RSD19
POC21
MCH
DAY25
POC17
TAL21
GLN24
MCH19
BRI16
DAR20
RCH12
DOV15
MAR19
NWS19
CLT22
CAR17
ATL21
RSD18
1987
Fillip Racing
81
Ford
DAY
CAR
RCH17
ATL
DAR
NWS
BRI
MAR11
TAL
25th
1885
Arrington Racing
67
Ford
CLT12
DOV18
POC25
RSD
MCH37
DAY28
POC17
TAL
GLN20
MCH23
BRI17
DAR24
RCH14
DOV19
MAR29
NWS27
CLT14
CAR24
RSD21
ATL22
1988
DAYDNQ
RCHQL†
CAR
ATLDNQ
DAR28
BRI
NWS
MAR
TAL
POC21
MCH23
46th
352
Chevy
CLTDNQ
DOV
RSD
DAY28
POC
TAL
GLN
MCH
BRI
DAR
RCH
DOV
MAR
CLT
NWS
CAR
PHO
ATL
† - Qualified but replaced by Ken Schrader
Daytona 500
Year
Team
Manufacturer
Start
Finish
1968
Arrington Racing
Dodge
22
11
1969
13
28
1970
32
29
1972
Arrington Racing
Plymouth
22
32
1973
Dodge
36
9
1974
Plymouth
DNQ
1976
Arrington Racing
Dodge
37
11
1977
38
38
1978
17
16
1979
15
12
1980
31
41
1981
20
26
1982
39
15
1983
Chrysler
34
16
1984
28
25
1986
Arrington Racing
Ford
35
23
1988
Arrington Racing
Ford
DNQ
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