Posted on: Dec 11, 2011 at 02:22
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TOLEDO, OH: Legendary driver Joy Fair, the Automobile Racing Club of America's (ARCA) all-time win leader has passed.

The Pontiac, MI native began his career at the Partington's Pastures Speedway near his hometown in 1949. Fair's exploits include a span of 6 decades, a feat accomplished by just a handful of drivers from across the nation. Fair was a winning driver in 5 of those decades, with victories in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Canada. His 10 track titles at Flat Rock, MI Speedway, as well as crowns at Toledo, OH, Mt. Clemens, MI and Ft. Wayne, IN are just a small portion of the many championships Fair has claimed in his time behind the wheel. In the late 1960's and early 1970's, Fair was unstoppable as he and his car owners, William Gillelan and Russell Wainscott, toured the Midwest and virtually destroyed the competition, winning countless big-time events. Gillelan has been with Fair up to his retirement, while Wainscott passed away several years ago.

Fair celebrated his 500th career victory back in 1975, but the count of his feature wins is thought to exceed 700. Joy won the inaugural Glass City 200 at Toledo in 1968, and, ironically, will be honored at the 1999 edition of the event, which is being resurrected after a 22-year absence. Fair also won the first Race Against Cancer held at Toledo in 1976.

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