Unknown: Abingdon, VA, driver Buddy Arrington with 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 10 on 103 occasions and ran a total of 147,999 laps on NASCAR Cup tracks before retiring. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)
Buddy Arrington, a longtime independent racer who competed in the NASCAR Cup Series throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, has died at the age of 84.
A native of Southern Virginia and one of NASCAR’s last true independents who both owned and drove his cars, Arrington became famous for his extreme loyalty to Mopar cars and engines, as well as his very recognizable red and blue No. 67. Making his debut in 1963, Arrington raced throughout the next 25 years on a limited budget and with a volunteer crew, financing his racing career through various occupations: Arrington worked as a tobacco farmer, as a used car salesman and even had a stint as a moonshiner.
Arrington made a total of 560 Cup Series starts without a single victory, the second-most of any winless driver behind J.D. McDuffie (653), one of Arrington’s contemporaries and a fellow independent racer. The closest Arrington ever came to winning was the 1979 Winston 500 at Talladega, where he led two laps early and was in position to win late when a pit crew error on his final stop cost him a chance at victory. Arrington finished third, tying his career-best finish first set at Nashville in 1965.
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AND: Buddy Rogers Arrington, 84, of Martinsville, VA passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at Sovah Health of Martinsville. He was born on July 26, 1938, in Franklin County, VA to the late Love Glenwood Arrington and Louise Walker Arrington.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Ann Chitwood Arrington of the home; son, Joey Rogers Arrington of Bassett, VA; stepson, Todd Arrington of Martinsville, VA; brother, Jimmy Arrington (Marie) of Figsboro, VA; nephew, Ronnie Arrington of Myrtle Beach, SC; niece, Angela Arrington of Atlanta, GA; step-grandson, Danny Goad of Charlotte; step-granddaughter, Amber Arrington of Florida.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Norris Funeral Services. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Norris Funeral Services with Rev. Randall W. Lenderman, Chaplain and former Pastor of Druid Hills Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow the service at Arrington Family Cemetery in Franklin County, VA.
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.
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A message from Clay Campbell on the passing of Buddy Arrington. pic.twitter.com/gkUnTCY7qp
— Martinsville Speedway (@MartinsvilleSwy) August 3, 2022
One of the sports true independents. Buddy was always fun to watch. Like all the independents of his era you had to admire the effort and resourcefulness it took to compete. https://t.co/daV4UQTAPW
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) August 3, 2022
Farewell, Buddy Arrington. He was the first driver I ever met and interviewed. We remained friends for over four decades. Godspeed, No. 67. #nascar
— Steve Waid (@stevewaid) August 3, 2022