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Junie Donlavey, longtime NASCAR owner, dies at 90 years old

By Jim Utter
jutter@charlotteobserver.com
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A 1993 Finish Line #53 card of Junie Donlavey.

Longtime NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey, who fielded cars for dozens of NASCAR stars at some point in their respective careers, died Monday, according to family friends. He was 90.

A member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Donlavey fielded his No. 90 cars for scores of drivers including Joe Weatherly, Tiny Lund, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Dick Brooks, Bobby Isaac, Fred Lorenzen, David Pearson, Johnny Rutherford, Harry Gant, Buddy Baker, Charlie Glotzbach, Ken Schrader, Jody Ridley, Bill Dennis and Ricky Rudd.

Donlavey began fielding his team in 1950. He drove for his team at first, but soon gave way to other drivers. He earned a reputation as working well with young drivers over his tenure. Donlavey was a Navy veteran, and soon after his stint in the Navy started his own auto repair business, which fostered his interest in racing. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Funeral plans are incomplete as of Monday morning.

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