Immediately, Hendrick Motorsports realized that crew member William “Rowdy” Harrell and his spouse, Blakley, had been tragically killed in an car accident in Florida final night time. The newlyweds had been touring to have a good time their honeymoon after being married on Saturday.
Harrell, 30, was a stand-out tire provider for Hendrick Motorsports for the final eight seasons, most not too long ago with the No. 88 NASCAR Cup Sequence crew of driver Alex Bowman. He was additionally a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Sequence champion pit crew member with JR Motorsports.
“Our whole crew is completely devastated on the lack of Rowdy and Blakley,” stated Greg Ives, who was Harrell’s crew chief for the previous six seasons. “They had been such optimistic, giving and passionate individuals who couldn’t have been a extra excellent match. Rowdy had an brisk and infectious character. He was the guts and soul of our crew and all the time saved us motivated, irrespective of the circumstance. Rowdy shared his love with the folks round him and was liked in return. Though he can be vastly missed, his reminiscence will proceed to encourage us all the time. Our prayers are with Rowdy, Blakley and their great household.”
Earlier than his NASCAR profession, Harrell gained three nationwide championships as a walk-on center linebacker for the College of Alabama soccer crew. The native of Moundville, Alabama, held a level in human efficiency and train science from the varsity.
Memorial preparations haven’t been made at the moment.