Donlavey was the principal owner of Donlavey Racing, a team that competed in what is now the Sprint Cup Series for over 50 years. Over 863 starts, Donlavey’s team had only one victory, the 1981 Mason-Dixon 500 at then-Dover Downs International Speedway with Jody Ridley at the wheel. There, Ridley made up seven laps due to the misfortune of others to take the victory. 1981 also happened to be Donlavey’s best year as an owner, as Ridley was able to finish fifth in the standings while driving all but one race in the No. 90. The team first competed in NASCAR’s second season, 1950, and ran mostly full seasons starting in the mid-1970s.
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