NASCAR: Former NASCAR Team Owner Ed Whitaker Dies at 76

RaceChaser Staff NASCAR, Southeast 0 Comments

BRISTOL, Tenn. – staff report — Ed Whitaker, a former NASCAR team owner, died Friday morning in Bristol, Tenn.

Whitaker fielded teams for several years in what is now the NASCAR Nationwide Series, winning 28 races with drivers Morgan Shepherd (eight) and Harry Gant (20).

Three of those victories, Shepherd in 1983 and 1986 and Gant in 1992 came at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The list of distinguished drivers who drove for Whitaker is long and includes: Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Gant, Jimmy Hensley, Alan Kulwicki, Butch Lindley, Mark Martin, Tim Richmond, Hermie Sadler, Shepherd, Mike Wallace and two drivers in tonight’s Food City 300, Brendan Gaughan and Regan Smith.

“Ed Whitaker proved you can have big success with a small operation,” said Jerry Caldwell, Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager. “The term ‘throwback’ gets used a lot but Ed was a true definition of it. We are proud of the achievements he had in a sport we all love. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

All told Whitaker-owned teams made 246 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, with 28 victories, 80 top fives and 107 top 10s. He also fielded a car for John Utsman in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for six events from 1978 to 1980, earning a best finish of 16th in 1978.

Race Chaser Online sends its heartfelt condolences out to the family and friends of Ed Whitaker and to the NASCAR community.

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