Longtime Nationwide Series car owner passes away
August 22, 2014, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
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BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Longtime car owner Ed Whitaker, who fielded cars driven by legendary figures in NASCAR, passed away on Friday, according to local news reports.
Whitaker's team posted 28 wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Morgan Shepherd and Harry Gant. Others driving his car included Tim Richmond, Dale Earnhardt, Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, Davey Allison and Regan Smith, as recently as 2002.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his first Nationwide Series start at Bristol in a Whitaker-owned entry in 1997, leading 22 laps and finishing 22nd.
The team's last victory came in 1994 at Atlanta with Gant behind the wheel of the familiar No. 7 entry.
A native of Bristol, Virginia, Whitaker also dabbled in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with local driver John A. Utsman making six starts for the team between 1978 and 1980.