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Former NASCAR driver Billy Standridge, 60, passes away from cancer

Apr 12, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

Billy Standridge

The NASCAR world is mourning the death of former Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series Billy Standridge, who passed away early Saturday morning.

Standridge, 60, passed away after a brief battle with cancer.

Standridge competed in 84 races in the Nationwide Series, taking part in two full seasons in 1988 and 1989, with a career-best five top-10 finishes across both campaigns.

The Shelby, N.C. native moved to the Sprint Cup Series on a part-time basis and competed in 23 races from 1993 through 1999. His best finish in the Cup ranks was 14th in the 1995 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. His last race was the 1998 Pepsi 400 at Daytona. He attempted to enter two races at the start of 1999 but failed to qualify for both.

During Friday night’s Nationwide Series race at Darlington, JD Motorsports drivers Landon Cassill, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Kevin Lepage paid tribute to Standridge with decals honoring him on their cars.

According to Jayski.com, team owner Johnny Davis previously worked for Standridge as a crew chief, engine truck driver and mechanic.

Davis said the decal will be on his cars in other upcoming races, as well.

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  1. worknman24hours - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Rest In Peace Billy-you were one of the guys that dreamed big and gave it the best you had.

  2. travissn - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Billy was crew chief for Diamond Rio racing and Hanes. My stepdad was crew leader at the time. Billy began driving for the team and my dad became his crew chief. Billy was a great guy and a believer in everyone on the team. You will be missed Billy. R.I.P

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