Eddie Gray

Race car driver, Deceased Person

1920 – 1969

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Who was Eddie Gray?

Eddie Gray was a race car driver from Gardena, California, USA. He became champion of a predecessor of the NASCAR Winston West Series in 1958, 1961 and 1962. The series was then known as NASCAR Pacific Coast Late Model.

Gray also participated in NASCAR Grand National races on the West Coast, capturing 4 wins, including two as an owner-driver. On May 31, 1958, Gray won a 500 mile race at Riverside International Raceway, the first NASCAR event held at the track. He also ran the 1958 Southern 500 at Darlington and attempted to make the 1960 Daytona 500.

Gray raced Jalopies with the California Jalopy Association and became one of the top short track Stock Car racers in Southern California at tracks like Saugus Speedway, Ascot Park and Orange Show Speedway, earning the nickname "Steady" Eddie Gray. Gray was a commercial pilot for Western Airlines.

Suffered a severe heart attack while driving in the Permatex 100 race for Late Model Sportsman cars at Riverside International Raceway in January 1969 and died nine months later while undergoing heart surgery. He is buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.

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Feb 4, 1920
  • United States of America
Oct 25, 1969

on July 23, 2013


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