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Long-time NASCAR Cup Series Driver Buddy Arrington Recovering From Heart Surgery

Buddy Arrington, who competed in 560 NASCAR Cup Series races over a 25-year career, is recovering at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. According to an update from Johnny Dickson (@Dickson_Johnny) on Twitter, Arrington, 81,  underwent double-bypass heart surgery following two heart attacks on December 15th.

According to the latest update, Arrington could leave the hospital this weekend.

Although Arrington, a hard-working independent driver/owner, never made it to victory lane in the NASCAR Cup Series, he was a staple in the sport from 1964 to 1988.

Arrington scored a career-best finish of third — twice — once at Nashville in 1965 and the other at Talladega in 1979. Arrington racked up 103 top-10 finishes over his career and had a best points finish of seventh in 1982.


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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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