By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
NASCAR team owner Mark Beard Sr. has passed away. He was 72.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He passed away on Sunday.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mark Beard Sr., president of Beard Motorsports,” the team said in a statement. “Mark was passionate about racing and the business he built with his family, and even though he will be terribly missed, his work ethic and the kind heart live on with the many people he influenced. While the family requests privacy at this time, they want to reaffirm Beard Motorsports’ commitment to compete in this year’s Daytona 500 where the team will race in Mark’s honor.”
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Beard Motorsports operates the No. 62 NASCAR Cup Series team. The team is sponsored by Beard Oil Distributing, along with South Point Hotel & Casino, CLS City Lights Shine, ECR Engines, and Chevrolet.
Noah Gragson is slated to compete for the team in the Daytona 500 as they attempt to make the race. If Gragson competes in the Great American Race, he’ll be competing in his NASCAR Cup Series debut.
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Beard is survived by his wife Linda. He is also survived by daughter Amie, son Mark, two sisters, and six nieces and nephews.
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“Heavy hearts today,” Gragson said on Twitter. “Thinking about the Beard family. Time to go ‘drive the piss out of it’ and do it for Mr. Beard in the 500.”
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