NASCAR remembers short-track legend Sam Ard Tom Jensen @tomjensen100 Apr 2, 2017 at 10:16a ET Sam Ard, one of NASCAR’s greatest short-track drivers of all time, has passed away. A native of Asheboro, N.C., Ard was 78. From 1982-84, Ard won 22 races in what today is known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series. He finished second in the series championship in 1982 and won the title in both ’83 and ’84. Ard set a series record with 10 victories in 1983. After he retired because of injuries suffered in the final race of the 1984 season, Ard became a team owner and he was an accomplished car builder as well. In recent years, Ard had battled health issues, including Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. RacingOne ISC Archives via Getty Images Next Gallery 10 Tony Stewart leads the way as NASCAR veterans dominate short tracks Start Gallery » FOX Fantasy Auto Form a Racing Team, Compete for Prizes Play Now!