Veteran Northeast racer Ed Doebler mourned following death in car accident

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Veteran Northeast racer Edward Doebler, father of Richard Petty Motorsports fabricator and body hanger Kevin Doebler, is being mourned by those in both the New York and North Carolina racing communities.

Nicknamed “The Leadfoot” for his driving prowess, Doebler, 62, was killed last Tuesday in a car accident near his home in Troutman, N.C.

Doebler, who was retired from IBM, was a well-known driver in upstate New York, particularly at Shangri-La Speedway in Owego, N.Y., where he won a number of feature races.

But Doebler also worked with several NASCAR drivers, particularly when they came to the Empire State for races at Watkins Glen and other tracks.

Among the NASCAR drivers his obituary said Doebler worked for included Alan Kulwicki Racing, Jimmy Means Racing and Brett Bodine Racing. He performed a various amount of duties including tire changer and tire specialist, jackman, and even fill-in crew chief at times.

Doebler is survived by Patricia, his wife of 39 years; his mother, Dorothy Doebler of Binghamton, NY; two sons, Joseph Doebler and Kevin Doebler both of Mooresville, NC, and his daughter, Kristi Doebler of Wilmington, NC. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Doebler.

Celebrations of Ed’s life will be held Monday at the Wingate Hotel in Mooresville, N.C., from 6:30-8:30 pm ET, and on Thursday, January 22 in Binghamton, NY at American Legion Post 1194 from 6:00-8:00 pm ET.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to your local Humane Society or favorite children’s charity.

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Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).