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Wilmington man and NASCAR legend, Hoss Ellington dies

Ellington made 31 starts as a driver between 1968-1970 in the Grand National, with four top 10 finishes. Ellington made 31 starts as a driver between 1968-1970 in the Grand National, with four top 10 finishes.
Hoss Ellington, photo circa February, 2012. Hoss Ellington, photo circa February, 2012.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Retired NASCAR driver and former team owner, Hoss Ellington passed away at his home in Wilmington early Saturday morning.

According to his family, Ellington died at 3 a.m. in his Landfall home as a result of his ongoing battle with liver cancer.

Ellington made 31 starts as a driver between 1968-1970 in the Grand National, with four top 10 finishes. He later became a successful team owner fielding winning cars for drivers such as David Pearson, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, Donnie Allison, and many more.

The racing legend was 79 years old and just had a birthday on May 12.

There is no word yet on funeral preparations at this time.

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