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Dean Best

Edon, Ohio
22.sept.1940 - 22.Jul.2007

 Dean E. Best, age 66, a lifelong resident of Edon, Ohio, died Sunday, July 22, 2007, at his home in Edgerton, Ohio after a brief illness. Mr. Best was an auto body instructor at Four County Joint Vocational School, retiring in 1982 with twelve years of service. He was also a self employed metal fabricator and operated Best Way Systems for many years in Edon, Ohio. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Blakeslee, Ohio. Mr. Best was an avid racer, competing throughout the tri-state area. His racing career spanned from 1963 - 2003. He began his career racing coups but made his biggest impact in the Sprint car division. He won the Tri-Sac Sprint Car Series Championship in 1976 with 13 feature wins of the 25 events. He also won 4 features at other tracks that same year totaling 17 feature wins. He won the last track points title at Angola Motor Speedway that was held on dirt and then came back the following year to win the first feature race at the newly paved surface at Angola. He won races at every track he competed on and set a 3 mile six lap dash record at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds track that still stands today. During his racing career he raced against many future greats including a young Jeff Gordon at the “Little 500" in Anderson, Indiana and against Tim Richmond at Sandusky. He was known as an advocate of safety and drove smooth and fast and was a winner in his last competitive year of racing in 2003.
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