Ed Partridge, modified NASCAR team owner, 68
Ed Partridge (left back) celebrated with driver Ryan Preece after a win at Richmond Raceway. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly)
RICHMOND, Virginia – Ed Partridge, a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour veteran and co-owner of New York’s Riverhead Raceway, unexpectedly passed away on Friday night at the age of 68.
Partridge, owner of the No.6 Modified Ryan Preece, claimed victory in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at the Richmond Raceway on Friday, suffered a medical emergency after leaving the Richmond Raceway. He later passed away.
Last night we won the race.
Last night I lost one of my best friends and changed owner.
Rest in peace Great Eddie. I’ll miss you. pic.twitter.com/krzu1SkAX7
– Ryan Preece (@RyanPreece_) September 11, 2021
Partridge was one of the most successful NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owners in recent memory. He won the 2011 Circuit Championship with rider Ron Silk before teaming up with Preece from the 2014 season.
Since then, Preece and Partridge have combined to win 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races, which includes Friday’s race at Richmond Raceway. Partridge won the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Owners Championship with Preece as the driver. Jimmy Blewett also drove for Partridge, winning the tour five times from 2005 to 2009.
He bought Riverhead Raceway in 2015 alongside his wife, Connie.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of championship car owner and track owner Eddie Partridge,” NASCAR officials said in a statement. “Eddie’s passion for racing was felt not only throughout the modified community, but also throughout the base races. He has fielded teams for some of the best drivers in the sport and absolutely loved seeing his cars racing ahead. After taking on the task of running Riverhead Raceway, he also proudly organized a site for these riders to show off their talent. It’s only fitting that Eddie’s last race was a win. A fierce competitor who fought for good in short track racing, he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates at this time. “