COMMERCE, Ga. (Oct. 10, 2008) – Bobby Martindale, 65, of Richmond, Virginia, was a long-time NHRA racer who passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2008 while pursuing his passion, driving his Top Alcohol Funny Car in the NHRA Southeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series race at Atlanta Dragway. His funeral was held today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Richmond, with entombment in Dale Memorial Park. NHRA was in attendance.
NHRA sends its deepest condolences to the Martindale family and friends. Anyone in the racing community who wishes to send condolences to the family can do so by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or sending mail to Atlanta Dragway, 500 Ridgeway Road, Commerce, GA 30529. NHRA will see to it that all messages are passed on to the family.
Martindale had dedicated his car to his daughter, Nikki. Martindale was preceded in death by his daughter, Nicole Martindale; and his mother, Ruby Martindale. He is survived by his fiancé, Geraldine Markham; father, Millard C. Martindale; sister, Vivian Barker; brothers, Richard C. and Garry B. Martindale; maternal grandmother, Mae Robinson; stepdaughters, Allison King, Crystal Orndorff, Heather Rogers and Cheyenne Stottlemyer.
NHRA is continuing to investigate the tragic incident. NHRA also is awaiting the findings of the medical examiner.