Unknown: Abingdon, Virginia, driver Buddy Arrington in one of the cars he drove early in his career. Arrington raced on the NASCAR Cup circuit from 1964 through 1988, starting 560 races. He finished in the top ten on 103 occasions and ran a total of 147,999 laps on the NASCAR Cup tracks before retiring. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
Buddy Arrington, the longtime independent racer who ran in the NASCAR Cup Series throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, has died at the age of 84.
A native of Southern Virginia and one of the last true NASCAR independents to own and drive his cars, Arrington was known for his fierce loyalty to Mopar cars and engines, as well as his signature red and blue number 67. 1963, Arrington raced for the next 25 years on a budget and volunteer crew, funding his racing career through several occupations: Arrington worked as a tobacco grower, used car salesman, and even took a short stint on the job.
Arrington has achieved a total of 560 Series Cup without a single win, and is the second-largest driver without a win behind JD McDuffie (653), a contemporaneous Arrington and fellow independent racer. Arrington’s closest-ever win was the 1979 Winston 500 at Talladega, where he led two periods early and was in a position to win late when a pit crew error on his last stop cost him a chance to win. Arrington finished third, his career best in Nashville in 1965.
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And the: Buddy Rogers Arrington, 84, of Martinsville, VA died Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Sovah Health of Martinsville. He was born on July 26, 1938 in Franklin County, Virginia, to the late Love Glenwood Arrington and Louise Walker Arrington.
His wife, Patsy Ann Chitwood Arrington, has escaped the house; Jr., Joey Rogers Arrington of Bassett, Virginia; stepson, Todd Arrington of Martinsville, Virginia; brother of Jimmy Arrington (Mary) from Viggsboro, Virginia; nephew, Ronnie Arrington of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; niece of Angela Arrington from Atlanta, Georgia; grandson, Danny Jawad of Charlotte; The granddaughter of Amber Arrington’s wife from Florida.
The visit will take place from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Norris Funeral Services. The funeral service will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Norris Funeral Services with Reverend Randall W. Lenderman, former Druid Hills Baptist chaplain and pastor. The burial will follow the service at Arrington Family Cemetery in Franklin County, Virginia.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love and kindness.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy, Martinsville, VA 24112.
A letter from Clay Campbell about the death of Buddy Arrington. pic.twitter.com/gkUnTCY7qp
– Martinsville Speedway (@MartinsvilleSwy) August 3, 2022
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 3, 2022
Bye, Buddy Arrington. He was the first driver I met and interviewed. We have been friends for more than four decades. Reconciliation, No. 67. #NASCAR
– Steve Waid (@stevewaid) August 3, 2022