CMHF Inductee Dale Armstrong passes

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Dale Armstrong, a highly-respected crew chief that helped drag racing legend Kenny Bernstein win five of his six NHRA championships and also had a successful driving career himself in the
1970s, has passed away at the age of 73.

Armstrong was inducted in to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1995

The NHRA reports that he was suffering from complications of sarcoidosis before his death on Friday at his home in California.

Armstrong won the 1975 NHRA Pro Comp title, and a year later claimed the IHRA title. He was also a multi-time winner in the sport’s most important race, the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis (1974, 1975, 1977).

After closing his driving career in 1981, Armstrong became a crew chief for Bernstein’s Funny Car outfit in 1982. Eventually, the duo helped power one of the NHRA’s top dynasties as Bernstein’s Budweiser King won four consecutive Funny Car crowns from 1985-1988.
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Dale Armstrong

Inducted 1995

One of the most innovative drag racers in the sport- and always under financed- Dale Armstrong still won 12 NHRA Nationals and 14 IHRA races. But his true genius came to light as crew of Kenny Bernstein’s Budweiser King Team. He directed his boss to four Winston Funny Car Titles in the 80’s, and, after a move to the top fuelers in 1990, engineered the cars in which Bernstein broke the 300-MPH barrier and set drag racing world records.

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