ARCA winner Harris DeVane passes

ARCA winner Harris DeVane passes

CUTHBERT, Ga. (March 1, 2018) -- ARCA Racing Series veteran driver and peanut farmer Harris DeVane passed away Thursday morning, March 1 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia after a brief illness. He was 54.

DeVane had one career ARCA victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Nov. 15, 1997. In a three-wide battle to the checkered flag, DeVane beat Frank Kimmel and Andy Hillenburg by just .023 seconds, one of the closest finishes in ARCA history. It was the first race on Atlanta's newer configuration.

DeVane finished a career-best 3rd in ARCA national championship standings in 1996. He also finished 7th in 1995. In 59 career starts between 1993 and 1998, he had 13 top-5 finishes, 31 top-10s and led 68 laps in 10 races. DeVane also won ARCA's Bill France 4 Crown title in '95.

DeVane began racing in 1978 at Albany Motor Speedway.

The son of Marvin Harris DeVane, Sr. and Dania DeVane, he was born in Cuthbert, Georgia on Aug. 2, 1963. He attended Randolph Southern School and is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jennifer Jones DeVane; daughter Jenni; son Loy and 3 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Curry Funeral Home in Shellman, Georgia from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, March 2. Graveside services will be at Rehoboth Baptist Church Cemetery Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m.

Kurt M.

It’s been a month and a half and I’m just now learning about the passing of Harris DeVane. He was also in the first ARCA race that I went to in Michigan (June 1996) and he was up near the front about every time I watched him race. I remember watching the Atlanta race that he won in thrilling fashion. I think that he could have been an ARCA champion but he was a champion in life, most importantly. Thoughts and prayers are with the DeVane family and God speed Harris!! RIP!!

Mike R.

Prayers for family, friends and fans...R.I.P.


I was in the race that Harris won that day in Atlanta.

We had a good side by side battle in the first half of the race.

God Speed 

J.Larry Neal

I was actually at that race in Atlanta when Harris DeVane won. May he rest in peace.

Mike C.

So sorry to here that he was a really great guy! Sending prayers to his family and friends.