Buddy Arrington

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Buddy Arrington
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Born (1938-07-26) July 26, 1938 (age 78)
Martinsville, Virginia
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
560 races run over 25 years
Best finish 7th (1982)
First race 1963 Jacksonville 200 (Jacksonville)
Last race 1988 Firecracker 400 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 103 0

Buddy Arrington (born July 26, 1938) is a retired American NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver.

Racing career[edit]

Arrington's 1981 Dodge Mirada
Arrington's 1983 Chrysler Imperial

Arrington has the second-most starts without a win, and finished in the top 10 of NASCAR points twice; in 1978 (ninth) and 1982 (seventh). Arrington was loyal to his Mopar cars and engines, as he ran Chryslers and Dodges until 1985 (Chrysler stopped production of raceable body styles in 1983 and they became ineligible two years later) when the company stopped supporting them. His best career race and finish was at Talladega in 1979, where he had a powerful enough car to lead a few laps towards the end, and finished third. Arrington finished one lap ahead of Richard Petty, driving one of Petty's cast-off Dodge Magnums that were left when Petty abandoned Mopar and began driving General Motors vehicles a year earlier, and several other top NASCAR drivers. Arrington almost always ran his own car, and his operation was a very money-conscious effort. His pit crew were almost always unpaid volunteers,[citation needed] and he relied heavily (and almost exclusively) on used equipment with Petty's old Magnums being his primary cars. Since Arrington could not afford new cars, his team would have to reconfigure the Petty cars and re-skin them into Dodge Miradas or Chrysler Imperials for a 1981 rule change.

Arrington's two Chrysler Imperials were the last Chrysler products to run in the NASCAR Winston Cup series.[1] He ran the car at first in two races in the 1981 season, and in more races (alternating with Dodge Miradas) until April 1985, when at that point the parts supply, even used, for Chrysler products (Chrysler factory support ended in late 1978) dried up. He sold one of the Imperials (purchased from Cecil Gordon in 1984) to Phil Goode in April 1985 (Goode raced it till the end of the 1985 season), and his other Imperial was given to the NASCAR Hall of Fame at Talladega, Alabama. Arrington was always a much-liked man on the NASCAR circuit, and other teams and a small, but loyal fan club pitched in to help keep him racing.[citation needed] In 1985 the generosity of rising NASCAR star driver Bill Elliott (who sold Buddy his slightly used Ford Thunderbird race cars and parts on the cheap) kept Arrington driving until 1988. Buddy's son Joey Arrington (who at the age of 17 served on Buddy's pit crew, and built up his engines), now[when?] runs Arrington Manufacturing in Martinsville, Virginia. The company builds racing engines (mostly Dodges) for the Craftsman Truck Series, and test engines for Nextel Cup Nationwide series cars. Buddy Arrington is a regular visitor to his son's company, and often offers advice to young (mostly Dodge) drivers trying to make it in NASCAR racing.[citation needed]

Arrington is a noted figure in NASCAR and Mopar history. He began professional NASCAR racing in December 1963 behind the wheel of his Dodge hardtop, and for the next twenty-five years, he never missed a season; finally retiring from the sport in 1988. What made Arrington unique in the history of the sport was his absolute dedication and loyalty to Chrysler, and his positive attitude in spite of what often seemed like insurmountable odds.[citation needed] Being the team owner and driver, Arrington drove Dodges from 1964 all the way through mid-season 1985. In 1984 and 1985, his Chrysler Imperial became the last Chrysler product in NASCAR until Dodge reentered the sport in 1999. As prolific a racer as Buddy Arrington was, and as popular as he still remains among fans, he never won a single NASCAR race. In his 560 career starts, he mustered fifteen top-five finishes, and his highest points finish was seventh, achieved in 1982. Still, Buddy Arrington never abandoned the Mopar banner until Mopar completely abandoned him, and pulling all parts sponsorships in 1985.[2]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Grand National Series[edit]

Winston Cup Series[edit]

Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
1968 Arrington Racing Dodge 22 11
1969 13 28
1970 32 29
1972 Arrington Racing Plymouth 22 32
1973 Dodge 36 9
1974 Plymouth DNQ
1976 Arrington Racing Dodge 37 11
1977 38 38
1978 17 16
1979 15 12
1980 31 41
1981 20 26
1982 39 15
1983 Chrysler 34 16
1984 28 25
1986 Arrington Racing Ford 35 23
1988 Arrington Racing Ford DNQ

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buddy Arrington's Winston Cup NASCAR 1981 Chrysler Imperial". Archived from the original on 17 March 2010. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Inductees :: 2015". Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1964 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1965 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1966 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1967 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1968 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1969 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1970 NASCAR Grand National Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1971 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1972 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1982 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1984 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1985 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1986 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Buddy Arrington – 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 

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