SPEEDWAY, IN. (THECOUNT) — Six-time USAC Nationwide characteristic profitable driver, Kevin Huntley, has reportedly died in a single day. He was 56.
Huntley, whose profession spanned three many years within the Eighties, Nineteen Nineties and 2000s, handed away in his sleep on January 8, 2022. A reason behind dying was not offered.
Affectionately often known as “Pup,” Huntley started his dash automotive racing profession on the bullrings close to his Bloomington, Ind. dwelling with a dash automotive bought with the assistance of his father, Rex, and three-time USAC Nationwide Dash Automotive champion Sheldon Kinser.
In 1985, Huntley made his USAC Nationwide Dash Automotive debut, ending nineteenth at Paragon Speedway. He captured his first profession dash automotive victory on the native stage throughout the 1986 season at Bloomington Speedway, and finally capped off the profitable marketing campaign with twin observe championships at each Bloomington and at southeastern Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway, in keeping with USARacing.
Branching out the next season, Huntley took on the USAC Nationwide Dash Automotive collection in 1987, profitable his first collection occasion for automotive proprietor Terry Winterbotham at Oregon, Wisconsin’s Impression Speedway en path to a career-best 4th place end within the championship standings. He’d observe up in 1988 with a ninth place end result within the last factors.
Almost a full decade later, Huntley scored his second profession USAC Nationwide Dash Automotive win, this time for staff proprietor Dennis Stone at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, the half-mile dust oval through which we received 5 of his six profession USAC options at. He’d win twice extra in USAC competitors at Eldora in 1997, each for automotive proprietor Rick Daugherty, throughout a June matinee Dash present, and for his first and solely profession Silver Crown rating in September’s 4-Crown Nationals.
In 2004, Huntley earned probably the most profitable triumph of his USAC Dash Automotive profession, keeping off none aside from Sammy Swindell to pocket $50,000 within the Mopar Thunder at Eldora for automotive proprietor Dan Roberts. Huntley and Roberts teamed up as soon as once more in 2005 to snare his last profession USAC Dash victory, in June of that season at Eldora.
He made 34 begins in his USAC Silver Crown profession between 1992 and 2008, whereas his USAC Nationwide Dash Automotive profession spanned from 1985-2008, earlier than stepping away to dedicate his primary deal with his rising excavation, composting and recycling companies.
Huntley, nevertheless, was not utterly absent from the driving force’s seat within the following years, and returned to Bloomington in 2015 to win a RaceSaver 305 Dash Automotive characteristic, promptly retiring in victory lane on the venue the place he received his first profession characteristic at 30 years prior.
His 44 profession All Star Circuit of Champions victories rank ninth all-time. He additionally notched two championships with the ASCoC in 1992 and 1993, the latter of which resulted in a uncommon tie within the last standings with rival Frankie Kerr.