Sad news struck the drag racing community with the death of Ron Leek. He was the owner of Byron Dragway for decades, an inductee of the World Series of Drag Racing Hall of Fame, and the godfather of wheel-standing competitions and modern bracket racing as we know it. In a statement issued by Byron Dragway, Rons contributions to motorsports transcend the race track he called home for over fifty years. After his tenure as owner, Ron remained involved as the track announcer and promoter. From left to right: Ron Leek, Ed Iskenderian, and Byrons current owner BJ Vangsness Before Byron, Rons career took him to stadiums, dirt ovals, and drag strips across the county, where his charisma and energy electrified audiences. Outside of racing, he also owned a trucking company, R.L. Leek Industries Inc., leading him to acquire a large collection of vintage big rigs. Brian Lohnes, NHRA drag racings stoic voice, made a post on his Facebook about Rons passing. We spoke to him after hearing the news. Ron was a really good guy and popularized bracket racing back in the day, said Lohnes. He would put up five to ten grand for the winner. Thats big money even by todays standards. Lohnes also shared a story that he said truly described what Ron was like. Ron was building bigger grandstands at Byron but wasnt finished with them in time for a race. When spectators started to arrive, he said he needed every able-bodied man to help finish building the grandstands after they paid money to get in. Our condolences are with Rons family during this time. The post Legendary Track Owner and Drag Racing Promoter Ron Leek Dead appeared first on Hot Rod Network .