Randy Dorton

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Randy Dorton (May 1, 1954 – October 24, 2004) was chief engine builder for Hendrick Motorsports until his death in a plane crash near Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia in which he along with 7 other passengers and the 2 pilots were killed.[1] He is survived by his two sons Christopher and Jonathan.[2]

The trophy awarded to the winner of the Mahle Engine Builders Challenge is named the Randy Dorton Trophy in his honor.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Hendrick plane crashes en route to NASCAR race - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2004-10-25. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Jayski'sŽ NASCAR Silly Season Site - The Hendrick Tragedy". Jayski.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ Press Release (2005-04-26). "Engine competition pays tribute to Randy Dorton - Apr 26, 2005". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Clevite Engine Parts, NASCAR Technical Institute and Dianne Dorton Team Up to Honor Late Engine Builder Randy Dorton". aftermarket News. 2005-05-02. Retrieved 2012-08-09.