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Timothy Lee "Tim" Richmond
Birth: Jun. 7, 1955
Ashland
Ashland County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 13, 1989
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA

Auto Race Car Driver. Unlike many of today's drivers, he started driving race cars at the age of 21 after a friend allowed him to test drive his sprint car. When he first started racing a sprint car, he startled the crowd by pulling the car up alongside the catch fence, climbing on top of the wing and announcing while they didn't know his name yet, they'd know it soon. The words were prophetic. In 1977, Richmond was both Rookie of the Year, and the Supermodified champion at Sandusky Speedway in Ohio. He backed that up with the USAC Sprint Car championship in 1979. In 1980, he ran the Indianapolis 500. He was leading the race when he ran out of gas, but still garnered Rookie of the Year honors. One of the spectators impressed by hs ability was Dr. Joseph Mattioli, owner of Pocono International Speedway. He asked Richmond if he'd be interested in driving a stock car at that track. Richmond accepted the offer and Winston Cup became the primary focus of his racing career. In 1981 he drove at various times for DK Ulrich, Kennie Childers, and Bob Rogers. After starting off the 1982 season without a ride, he signed on with JD Stacy. That combination resulted in two wins that year; both of them in Riverside, California. With Stacy's financial future in doubt, he switched to the Blue Max team for the 1983 season. Richmond drove for that team until the end of the 1985 season and scored two more wins; Pocono in 1983 and North Wilkesboro in 1984. After going winless in 1985, he moved onto a team owned by Rick Hendrick. There he was paired with legendary crew chief, Harry Hyde. It took a little time for Tim and Harry to gel, but when they ignited the pair went on a hot streak almost unparalleled in the modern era of stock car racing. In a 12 race stretch from the World 600 in May to the Fall race at the Richmond Fairgrounds, he won six races and placed second four times. The late season rally allowed him to make a charge at the points title and though he won the season finale at Riverside, Richmond finished third in the points. But all was not going as well off the track. He began feeling sick. He was treated that winter at the Cleveland Clinic for what was at first diagnosed as pneumonia. The terrible truth was that he had contracted AIDS which would claim his life August 13th, 1989. He was forced to sit out the early part of the 1987, but made a storybook return to NASCAR racing that June at Pocono, winning the event. A week later he won the Father's Day event at Riverside, and dedicated the win to his father, Al. That was to be the last win of his career. Health issues forced him to retire from racing shortly thereafter. 
 
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 Parents:
  Albert Roy Richmond (1921 - 2001)
  Evelyn Eileen Warner Richmond (1921 - 1994)

Cause of death: A.I.D.S.
 
Burial:
Ashland County Memorial Park
Ashland
Ashland County
Ohio, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 07, 2001
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It is so tragic the way you and others were forced into seclusion to die alone and without dignity because of ignorance and fear. RIP knowing you are remembered today for more than just they way you died...but the way you lived...a magnetic personality an...(Read more)
- Bunny
 Added: Jun. 13, 2015
Happy Belated Birthday. I have to smile to think that people are still talking about you. You were mentioned in the Sprint car world last week. I wish everyone had the chance to know the Tim I knew. Long before you fame and glory. The Tim that could ...(Read more)
- Cindy
 Added: Jun. 12, 2015

- Kat
 Added: Jun. 8, 2015
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