Sad News - Barry Dodson

Barry Dodson, a savvy crew chief who led NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace to his lone premier series championship in 1989, died Wednesday. He was 64.

Dodson worked with several of the sport's top drivers and is credited with 19 victories in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In addition to Wallace, Dodson also served as crew chief for Tim Richmond and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip.

John Dodson confirmed his brother's death through a statement from the family: "Barry's passing leaves us all with heavy hearts. He left his mark in the NASCAR history books and he served the sport with a passion that few will ever match. We love him and we miss him."

Trent Owens, Barry Dodson's stepson and crew chief for JTG Daugherty Racing's No. 37, also offered his condolences through his Twitter account. Wallace also offered a remembrance of his own on Twitter.

NASCAR issued a statement Wednesday paying tribute to the legendary crew chief: "Barry Dodson's talent as a crew chief was evident, winning a championship in 1989 and a number of races throughout a career that lasted parts of three decades at the top levels of the sport," the NASCAR statement reads. "His extraordinary skills around a race car were rivaled only by his passion for the sport, and his perseverance in the face of adversity. NASCAR extends its condolences to the family and friends of Barry Dodson. He will be missed."

--- NASCAR.com --