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NASCAR legend Donlavey celebrates 88th birthday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Junie Donlavey owned a NASCAR Sprint Cup team for over half a century in Richmond.  Wednesday he was back taking laps at Richmond International Raceway.

The Heritage Oaks Retirement Community (of which Junie is a resident) brought out several folks to ride around the track in their bus. About 20 of Junie's friends took laps with the NASCAR legend.

April 8 is Junie's birthday, and Heritage Oaks threw a birthday celebration (with birthday cake) to mark the occasion.

Rarely fielding a car without his familiar #90, he began fielding his team in 1950. For the next 53 years, Donlavey fielded cars in races with a long number of drivers.  He closed his shop in 2006.

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