Championship-winning crew chief Barry Dodson passed away Wednesday at the age of 64.
Dodson was the man behind Rusty Wallace’s 1989 premier series championship and was considered one of the brightest minds in the NASCAR garage. The list of drivers he worked with throughout his career include Hall of Famers Wallace (pictured above, with Dodson), Darrell Waltrip and the late Tim Richmond.
Richmond was the first driver Dodson worked with upon moving into a crew chief role, but it only lasted a one year. It was with Wallace that Dodson earned much of his success, the two being paired together in 1986 under car owner Raymond Beadle. Together, Dodson and Wallace won 18 races.
In 329 starts as a crew chief at NASCAR’s top level, Dodson earned 19 victories. In 1995 at Dover International Speedway, Dodson picked up his final Cup Series victory with driver Kyle Petty.
John Dodson confirmed his brother’s passing in a statement from the family.
“Barry’s passing leaves us all with heavy hearts. He left his mark in the NASCAR history books and he served the sport with a passion that few will ever match. We love him and we miss him.”
NASCAR also issued a statement:
“Barry Dodson’s talent as a crew chief was evident, winning a championship in 1989 and a number of races throughout a career that lasted parts of three decades at the top levels of the sport. His extraordinary skills around a racecar were rivaled only by his passion for the sport, and his perseverance in the face of adversity. NASCAR extends its condolences to the family and friends of Barry Dodson. He will be missed.”