By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, he was killed in an automobile accident.
Harrell and his 23-year-old wife Blakley were killed in a highway crash in the Florida Keys on Tuesday night. The two had just been married on Saturday.
The couple were on their honeymoon when the accident happened.
“Our entire team is absolutely devastated at the loss of Rowdy and Blakley,” Greg Ives, the No. 88 crew chief, said in a statement. “They were such positive, giving and passionate people who could not have been a more perfect match. Rowdy had an energetic and infectious personality. He was the heart and soul of our team and always kept us motivated, no matter the circumstance. Rowdy shared his love with the people around him and was loved in return.
“Although he will be greatly missed, his memory will continue to inspire us always. Our prayers are with Rowdy, Blakley and their wonderful family.”
Harrell was a tire changer for the No. 88 team that was driven by Alex Bowman. He had been with Hendrick Motorsports for eight seasons.
Before coming to Hendrick Motorsports, he worked for JR Motorsports. While there, he was apart of two NASCAR Xfinity Series Championships.
Before joining JR Motorsports, Harrell was apart of three national championship winning teams with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Head coach Nick Saban is credited with setting up Harrell with his dream job.
At this time, funeral arrangements are pending.
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