Remembering Wilbur “Bay” Darnell

CHICAGO — Former stock car racer Wilbur “Bay” Darnell passed away Feb. 28 at the age of 91. Darnell and his 1950 Ford finished 23rd after starting 17th in the 23-car field for the 200-lap race on the dirt half-mile. Darnell began racing in USAC stock car competition in 1962, wheeling a 1961 Ford. From then on, Darnell was a regular on the USAC circuit before making his final start in 1983. “I’ve been trying to win a race, any race, for 13 years and I’m glad it happened at Indianapolis,” said Darnell after his first USAC victory. Darnell’s son, Danny, competed in stock car competition for a number of years, competing with USAC,  ARTGO, ASA and a number of other racing organizations.

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