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Sad News... Joe LePone Jr. passes

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Cruisers,

Sorry to post sad news...but an East Coast drag racing icon has passed...saw this on Class Racer Forum posted by Tom Kasch

It is with a heavy heart that I report Joe Lepone Jr. passed away Friday, July 12th after a bout

with cancer. Anyone who follows doorslammer racing over the decades is aware of Joe Lepone

Jr. and his long list of accomplishments. Joe made quite a name for himself in the Pro Stock

ranks. It's also noteworthy that he had a stint handling driving duties for the late Bill "Grumpy"

Jenkins. Joe also worked with Pat Musi, Rickie Smith and many of the major heavyweights of

the Pro Modified scene. He was involved with both driving and tuning during his lengthy career

in many different drag racing organizations, including NHRA, IHRA, PDRA, NMCA, NEOPMA,

EOPM, and ADRL Qatar. Joe Lepone Jr. was known as being a good guy who had tons of

patience and understanding for anyone who had a question or needed his advice. There were

no "stupid questions" when you approached Joe, he was gracious and generous with his

knowledge. No matter how busy he was, Joe always made time to share his guidance and

wisdom with others seeking his expertise. Joe Lepone Jr. leaves all of us in the drag racing

community with a big and friendly footprint. We'll always remember Joe Lepone Jr.. Our sincere

condolences to Joe's wife Cynthia and family.

Joe Lepone Jr. had a long and impressive career in drag racing, including a stint driving for Bill

"Grumpy" Jenkins.

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RIP Joe.

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