Harry Melling (NASCAR owner)

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Harry Melling (June 13, 1945 – May 29, 1999) was the team owner of Melling Racing, which won the 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship with Bill Elliott.

Background[edit]

Melling graduated from Ferris State University. Melling succeeded his father Benjamin as President of The Melling Tool Company in 1975. Melling Tool is a maker of automotive products. Melling also owned Treetops Sylvan Resort in Gaylord, Michigan, turning a small local ski hill into a national skiing and golfing destination.

NASCAR team owner[edit]

Melling Racing car that set the record for the fastest recorded time in a stock car - 212.809 mph (342.483 km/h) at Talladega Superspeedway

Melling's first involvement in NASCAR began in 1979 as a primary sponsor for Benny Parsons. Melling Racing won the NASCAR Winston Cup points championship with Bill Elliott.

Death[edit]

Melling died of a heart attack in Gaylord, Michigan.[1]

Awards[edit]

  • Posthumously inducted in the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Melling was named one of NASCAR's "40 most important people in NASCAR history" by Winston Cup Scene, an industry NASCAR magazine, in 1997.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, Terry. "Harry Melling: 1945-1999". Michigan Golfer. 

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