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February 25, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 25, 2010) – The following is a statement from NASCAR Hall of Fame Executive Director Winston Kelley on the passing of legendary NASCAR crew chief Jake Elder:

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Jake Elder. He was one of the true pioneers and classic personalities of our sport. One of my most vivid memories of Jake is asking him what happened to one of his meticulously prepared cars and Jake putting it so succinctly and simply in saying, ‘It blowed up.’
“NASCAR was built on the shoulders of individuals like Jake, men and women who gave their heart and soul to the sport. He dedicated his life’s work to NASCAR and motorsports. Pioneers like him paved the way for the national and international success of this industry we enjoy today. The NASCAR Hall of Fame will help keep the legacy of Jake alive and all those like him who built NASCAR. We look forward to sharing their stories and reminding people of their accomplishments. Beyond these accomplishments, it really is their spirit and dedication that is the true essence of NASCAR.”