A. Arnold Passes

A. Arnold Passes

Former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver A. Arnold, who finished in the top-10 in series driver points for six consecutive seasons from 1971 through 1976, died February 6 at the age of 69.

Arnold, who drove team cars with fellow Kentuckian Bobby Watson for much of his ARCA career, was the 1971 Series Rookie of the Year and finished championship runnerup to Ron Hutcherson in 1973 and to Dave Dayton in 1976. Arnold won 6 races and 5 pole qualifying awards driving primarily Chevrolet Camaros bearing the #7. He was among a large contingent of Kentucky drivers racing in the ARCA Series in the 70s including Bill Clemons, Bill Kimmel, Andy Hampton, Watson, Al Straub, Wayne Trinkle, Kenny Black, Bob Thomas, Leonard Blanchard, Charlie Paxton and Darrell Basham.arnoldcarshot.jpg

Following his ARCA career, he went on to become a team owner in the NASCAR All Pro Series, fielding cars for drivers including Darrell Waltrip, David Green, Mark Green, Jeff Green and Mike Garvey.

Arnold owned and operated A-1 Engineering in Brooks, Kentucky. He was a US Navy veteran and is survived by his wife Linda (Ferguson) Arnold; sons Johnny and Vincent Arnold; mother Helen Bernd; and grandchildren Jeremy and Adam Arnold. A. Arnold's final resting place is Mount Holly Cemetery in Fairdale, Kentucky.

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Salt Walther Drove A. Arnold car in the 1976 ARCA race at Daytona came in 8th..