(TOLEDO, Ohio, December 13, 2013) - Lee Raymond, a two-time ARCA Racing Series national
driving champion, died Thursday, December 12. He was 59.
Born on October 2, 1954, Raymond, of Dayton, Ohio, had recently
been diagnosed with lung cancer and was hospitalized prior to being placed in
the care of Hospice.
Over an ARCA career that stretched from 1979 through
1993, Raymond made 136 career ARCA starts, earning back-to-back championships
in 1985 and 1986. Raymond's ARCA titles came in car owner Jim Coyle's famous
orange No. 1 Riverside Auto Parts Chevrolet. Raymond also finished second in
championship standings in 1982 to Scott Stovall and again in 1987 to Bill
Raymond, the 1982 ARCA Rookie of the Year, won seven
times during his ARCA career on a wide variety of tracks, from his career-first
win at ARCA's quarter-mile Flat Rock (Mich.) Speedway on May 29, 1982 to his
final series win on the 2.5-mile triangular Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on June 18, 1988.
He also won the Jiffy Lube 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
in November of 1985, holding off Brett Bodine for the victory. He also won the
Southern Illinois 200 race event at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile in
September of 1985.
Raymond's other ARCA wins were at Flat Rock and at
Muskingum County (Ohio) Speedway in 1982, and at Spartan (Mich.) Speedway in
He won nine pole awards over his career at Atlanta and
Pocono in 1988, two at Flat Rock in 1983, two at Indianapolis Raceway Park in
1984 and 1985, two at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile in 1984 and
1986, and at Kil-Kare (Ohio) Speedway in 1986. He earned 45 top-five finishes,
66 top-10s and led 1,117 laps in 43 races overall. He made his first ARCA start
at Flat Rock in 1979, finishing 15th, and his final ARCA start at
Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1993, finishing 22nd.
One of only a handful of father-son ARCA winners, his
father Joe Raymond won an ARCA race at Dayton Speedway in 1979. Lee won the
late model stock car track championship at Dayton the following year, which
helped launch his ARCA career.
In addition to owning and operating the family business
Joe's Radiator Shop in Dayton, Lee served as the race director at Kil Kare
Speedway following his ARCA career.
He most recently attended the Racers Reunion at Toledo
Speedway in March of 2013.
He is survived by his son Joseph and sister Joy.
Funeral arrangements are pending.