Beadle owned and drove the legendary “Blue Max” Funny Car to a trio of NHRA championships and an equal number of IHRA crowns in the late 1970s and early `80s. He owned a highly successful team on the then-NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1983 to 1990, fielding cars for the late Tim Richmond before winning the 1989 series championship with driver Rusty Wallace, and also fielded a .World of Outlaws Sprint Car for Hall Of Famer Sammy Swindell.
Wallace commented on his former team owner’s passing today via Twitter, saying, “Really saddened by news about Raymond Beadle. Without him, I would have never gotten to where I am today. He will be greatly missed.”
Beadle was 70 years of age.