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NASCAR West champion Danny Letner passes

DANVILLE, Calif. – NASCAR champion and West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame member Danny Letner passed away March 30 at age 90.

Letner, from Downey in Southern California, won the 1955 NASCAR Grand National – now K&N Pro Series West – title driving an Oldsmobile 88 for fellow Hall of Famer Cos Cancilla. The pair won three times with 10 of 13 finishes among the top five.

Letner had finished second in West standings the previous season.

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From 1951 through 1963, Letner competed in more than 100 NASCAR-sanctioned events, scoring 11 victories in what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Convertible Series and K&N Pro Series. Car owners included his father, Hall of Famer Bert Letner, a pioneer Hudson Hornet owner; as well as for factory-supported Chevrolet and Dodge teams.

Born Jan. 3, 1928, Letner’s career took him to NASCAR premier series events in Detroit, Darlington S.C. and the Daytona Beach and Road Course in Florida as well as to numerous West Coast sites. Letner won Cup Series races at Oakland, Calif. in 1954 and Tucson, Ariz. in 1955. He won a convertible event in Langhorne, Pa. in 1956.

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Following his retirement from NASCAR, Letner became a top off-road racer along with his son Marty and grandsons Harley Letner and Cory Hallipell.

For more than 30 years, Letner was one of the West Coast’s largest roofing contractors.

He is survived by his wife, Billie, children and grandchildren.

Services are pending.