Andy Kirby

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Andy Kirby
Born (1961-11-30)November 30, 1961
White House, Tennessee, United States
Died July 18, 2002(2002-07-18) (aged 40)
White House, Tennessee, United States
Cause of death Motorcycle accident
Achievements 1994, 1996, 1997 Nashville Speedway USA Track Champion
Awards Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame (2001)
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
28 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
Best finish 48th (2002)
First race 1999 Alltel 200 (Rockingham)
Last race 2002 Kroger 300 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Statistics current as of November 2, 2013.

Andy Kirby (November 30, 1961, in White House, Tennessee – July 18, 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee), is a former stockcar driver, most notably in NASCAR. Kirby did not initially begin with NASCAR, where his career would end. Instead, Kirby quickly earned his reputation as a motorcycle racer in the Southeastern United States. Kirby would eventually become best friends with NASCAR Busch Series driver Chad Chaffin, and Chaffin helped open some doors for Kirby.

Rise to National Fame[edit]

Kirby turned heads by winning three track championships (1994, 1996, and 1997) at the highly competitive Nashville Speedway USA. He raced weekly against Chaffin (the 1993 and 1995 champion).

Busch Series career[edit]

Owner Larry Lockamy offered Kirby a ride in his #28 Williams Travel Centers Chevy for some 1999 events. Kirby made his debut in February at Rockingham. He qualified in the 38th position, completed 157 laps, and then wrecked. He finished 31st. The next race, Las Vegas, looked better for Kirby, as he qualified in 5th place for his second career start. However, the good feeling did not last long. He wrecked and finished 42nd. He was 33rd at his home track Nashville, 36th at Loudon and 26th at Dover Downs. His best finish came at Bristol. After starting 34th, Andy came home in 20th. However, due to his recklessness and lack of funding, the Lockamy team released Kirby.

However, Williams Travel was still intrigued by Kirby, and they got him a five-race deal in 2000 with the #39 Williams Chevy. He beat his Bristol finish with a 19th at Talladega. However, the rest of the season was not the best. 28th (at IRP), 33rd (at Bristol), 38th (at Memphis) and one DNQ (Did Not Qualify) made the rest of the season a disappointment.

In 2001, Andy mainly stayed at home but he had a number of offers during the season and got some seat time. He drove two races for Jay Robinson Racing. He once again got a career best of 16th at Talladega and finished 33rd at Darlington. He ran three races for Moy Racing. He drove the #77 Ford to a 30th at Michigan International Speedway, 41st at Kansas, and 32nd at Homestead-Miami. He ran one race in the #52 Means Racing Ford. He finished 41st at Memphis.

Kirby ran well enough in 2001 to be asked back to those teams in 2002. He ran the first five races for Moy, finished 28th at Las Vegas as the best among those five. Jay Robinson asked him to come for 4 races. Andy received his best career finish at Talladega once again. After avoiding a big wreck, Andy was able to come home in 6th position, his first and only top-10. In the other three races, he finished 23rd, 29th and 32nd. Kirby ran two races for Fred Bickford. He finished 39th and 41st in those races. Kirby's final start came at Kentucky Speedway, where he finished 23rd.

Death[edit]

Kirby was getting ready to make a start at Pikes Peak. However, he was killed in a motorcycle accident in his home town White House, Tennessee, on July 18, 2002. Many teams ran decals on their cars honoring Kirby following his death.

External links[edit]

  • Andy Kirby driver statistics at Racing-Reference