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Jayski.com: Sam Bass needs kidney transplant

Courtesy Sam Bass

Sam Bass, the affable artist who designed some of NASCAR's most iconic cars and program covers, announced Sunday morning that he is starting dialysis and needs a kidney transplant.

Bass, who created the design for Jeff Gordon's rainbow #24 car, has Type 1 diabetes. In 2008, Bass lost the lower portion of his left leg. In 2014, a blood infection led to septic shock and he needed four surgeries within three weeks to survive.

Bass opened a new studio minutes from Charlotte Motor Speedway in September.

-- NBC Sports --