NASCAR Team Owner, Mark Beard Sr., Dies At 72

Beard Motorsports / Twitter

The NASCAR community lost another beloved team owner on Monday.

Mark Beard Sr., the president and owner of Beard Motorsports, has died at age 72. In a statement on Twitter, Beard Motorsports confirmed the sad news and promised that their team would race the upcoming Daytona 500 in memory of Mark. They wrote:

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mark Beard Sr., president of Beard Motorsports. Mark was passionate about racing and the business he built with his family, and even though he will be terribly missed, his work ethic and kind heart lives on with the many people he influenced. While the family requests privacy at this time, they want to reaffirm Beard Motorsports’ commitment to complete in this year’s Daytona 500 where the team will race in Mark’s honor.”

Previously, Beard Motorsports has had some success at superspeedway events with Brendan Gaughan operating the wheel. Next week, Noah Gragson will race in Beard Motorsports’ number 62 car. The Daytona 500 competition will take place on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s family and friends.

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