February 14, 1939 |
Pamplico, South Carolina
|Achievements||1983, 1984 Busch Series champion|
|Awards||1983, 1984 Busch Series Most Popular Driver|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)|
|First race||1984 Goody's 500 (Martinsville)|
|Last race||1984 Goody's 500 (Martinsville)|
|NASCAR Nationwide Series career|
|Best finish||1st - 1983, 1984|
|First race||1982 Goody's 300 (Daytona)|
|Last race||1984 Komfort Koach 200 (Rockingham)|
|First win||1982 Dogwood 500 (Martinsville)|
|Last win||1984 Coca-Cola 300 (North Wilkesboro)|
|Statistics current as of March 4, 2012.|
Ard was the runner-up in 1982 of NASCAR's Late Model Sportsman Series (which eventually became the NASCAR Nationwide Series), and followed up his run with back-to-back championships in 1983 and 1984. He won a total of 22 races and 24 pole positions in the series during his career in this division, and set a record for the most wins in a single season in Late Model Sportsman Series competition with 10 race victories. Ard retired after being seriously injured in a crash at the North Carolina Speedway on October 20, 1984.
He made his first and only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on September 23, 1984 at Martinsville. He started 27th in the 31 car field, but lasted just one lap before a steering failure ended his day.
Ard is currently battling Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease. His family often receives donations and aid from the racing community to help him. In 2006, drivers Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. led a charge to donate a substantial amount of funds for the care of Ard and his family. After tying Ard's Nationwide Series single-season victory record in 2008, Kyle Busch announced that he would give $100,000 to aid Ard's family with his care and mounting medical expenses in his honor.
Nationwide Series Statistics
|Year||Races||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||Poles||Rank|
Source: Sam Ard Family, SamArd.com
- Career statistics at racing-reference.info
- NASCAR Budweiser/Busch Late Model Sportsman Series Win List at The Crittenden Automotive Library
|NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Champion