David Keith, pictured on Feb. 13, 2000, before the Pro2Call 200 at Daytona International Speedway, a race he went on to win. Keith died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at age 46. (Photo: ARCA)
David Keith, pictured on Feb. 13, 2000, before the Pro2Call 200 at Daytona International Speedway, a race he went on to win. Keith died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at age 46. (Photo: ARCA)

Former ARCA Menards Series Driver, Spotter David Keith Dies At Age 46


David Keith, winner of three ARCA Menards Series superspeedway races and four pole qualifying awards in 1999 and 2000, passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. He was 46.

Keith went on to race briefly in the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series but was better known for his long run as a NASCAR Xfinity and Cup and ARCA spotter, working for organizations including Dale Earnhardt Inc., Roush Fenway Racing, Front Row Motorsports, JTG Daugherty and DGR Crosley as well as drivers Paul Menard, David Gilliland, Tyler Ankrum and Chris Buescher.

His ARCA Menards Series victories came in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway driving for Michael Kranefuss Racing, and at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in 2000 in cars fielded by Earl and Check Sadler.

Keith also won four pole qualifying awards, at Michigan, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Kentucky Speedway.

Originally from Owensboro, Kentucky, Keith began racing go-karts at the age of 9, winning multiple championships. A successful short track late model driver, his initial connection to ARCA was through his former brother-in-law, 1993 ARCA Rookie of the Year Jeremy Mayfield.

David Keith is survived by his parents, William C. "Bill" Keith and Joy Ann Kennedy Keith; his sister Christina Keith (Charles); fiancée Nicole "Breezy" Clark; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. – p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, N.C. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.