By AMANDA VINCENT
Former NASCAR driver Lennie Pond died Feb. 10, 2016, at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va., as a result of complications from cancer. Pond was 75. He was a resident of Chester, Va., and a native of Ettrick, Va.
Pond was the 1973 Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year, beating out eventual NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip for the honor. He made a total of 234 starts at NASCAR’s Cup level between 1969 and 1989. During that time, he claimed one win, getting to victory lane at Talladega (Ala.) Motor Speedway in 1978. Before moving to the top levels of NASCAR, Pond raced on both dirt and asphalt tracks, racing modifieds and late models.
After his racing carer ended, Pond ventured into the field of automobile sales, working as a salesman at Heritage Chevrolet in Chester.
Pond is survived by his wife, Catherine Thomas Pond; two sons, Lindsey Pond and Kent Pond; a daughter, Laura Pond; and a brother, Wright Pond.
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