Pit Note 13: NASCAR Artist Sam Bass and Family Honored Prior to Coca-Cola 600
In a special ceremony on Sunday, Charlotte Motor Speedway honored the accomplishments of legendary NASCAR artist Sam Bass, who passed away in February. Bass' wife Denise was presented with framed artwork that featured every May race program cover which Bass produced for Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Making the presentation to the Bass family was Speedway Motorsports President and CEO Marcus Smith.
"Sam was somebody that was always made you feel comfortable," said Smith. "He had a lot of challenges, but he didn't let that stop him from spreading his smile and joy. It was really inspiring to everybody that knows Sam. He had a special place in a lot of hearts in NASCAR. Charlotte Motor Speedway had a really good relationship with Sam over the years. We have had some of the greatest moments and finishes in NASCAR and that was captured by Sam Bass."
"It's really an honor to be here today with Denise and the family," said U.S. Congressman 8th District Richard Hudson. "Sam was such a special guy. He loved this sport and was always wanting to give back. When he passed I actually read a speech on the House floor of the U S Congress."
Hudson then presented Denise Bass with a framed copy of the proclamation that was read.
Starting in 1985, Sam Bass produced 88 program covers over 34 years for Charlotte Motor Speedway.