NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey dies aged 90

Long-time NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey died on Monday after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 90 years old.

Donlavey fielded cars for 45 seasons, starting out as an owner-driver in 1950 before stepping back to become a full-time entrant.

Donlavey Racing went on to contest a total of 863 races with a roster of drivers that included Joe Weatherly, Tiny Lund, Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson, Dick Trickle and Benny Parsons, although his only win came at the hands of Jody Ridley at Dover in 1981.

If the team was rarely a threat at the front, it developed a reputation as a hothouse for young talent, with Ridley, Ken Schrader and Bill Dennis all winning rookie of the year honours while driving its #90 entry.

Nicknamed 'Chief' by his colleagues in the paddock, Donlavey was a widely respected figure within the sport. A NASCAR statement described him as "a treasure, a man who personified NASCAR's proud past."

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