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Legendary NASCAR Artist Sam Bass Dead at 57

Famed NASCAR artist Sam Bass passed away on Saturday at the age of 57, according to a press release tweeted from Bass’s Twitter account. Bass had battled health issues in recent years, specifically an illness that affected his kidneys.

Bass was widely known and recognized in the NASCAR community for his artwork that graced countless programs, posters, racecars and trophies across all levels and tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The first artist to be officially licensed by NASCAR, Bass’ passing immediately triggered an outpouring of sympathies from the racing community.

Renowned NASCAR artist Sam Bass dies following kidney illness

NASCAR has released a statement regarding Bass’s passing. Nothing has been said yet regarding any potential tribute decals or similar items for tomorrow’s Daytona 500.


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So sorry ohear this. He was an amazing talent. Have numerous programs from races he designed.

Bob Anderson

I had the privilege of meeting Sam several times. He took me and my family on a tour of his shop every time we went there. He showed us his Office and collections behind the scenes. RIP my friend ??


Rest in peace.
I never knew who Sam Bass was until Kyle Busch destroyed the Sam Bass-painted guitar trophy after a Nashville Nationwide win (Kyle apparently had told his team if he ever won at Nashville, he would destroy the guitar and give a piece of the guitar to each member of the team; also, Busch supposedly paid to have two replica guitars made).


I got to meet Sam about 7 years ago. Great guy, with great stories, RIP.

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