Former long-time owner of the Byron Dragway Ron Leek, passed away on Wednesday according to WIFR. Leek took over Byron Dragway in 1969 and spent the 70's rebuilding and giving a fresh start to the world of drag racing.

From the Byron Dragway:

"Ron’s charismatic personality shined brightly over the microphone, as an energetic announcer and true showman at countless drag strips, oval tracks, and NHRA events. He pioneered a seemingly endless list of groundbreaking events and forever revolutionized sportsman drag racing by promoting the first big money bracket race in drag racing history. Ron has left an indelible mark on the sport of drag racing and a legacy that will live on forever. We extend our deepest condolences to Ron’s family."

 
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