To assist the Ards more directly, send your monetary contribution to the Samuel Ard Care Fund, MRO, Smith Tower Suite 405/555 Parkway South, Concord NC 28027. You can also mail contributions directly to their home; 1237 Bass Rd. Pamplico SC, 29583. WalMart gift cards are especially valuable, since the family uses them for food, clothing, laundry and personal care products for Sam.

Ailing Ard grateful for Busch's $100,000 donation (Associated Press / USA Today)


October 25, 2008 - Kevin Harvick presented Robert Ard, son of two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Sam Ard with a 2007 Chevrolet Van.  This Chevrolet van was used in the Shell fuels commercial featuring the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil driver Kevin Harvick and the “Passionate Experts” from Shell.

Ard, who won the NASCAR Nationwide Series title in 1983 and 1984, has been going through the fight of his life battling Alzheimer’s disease and facing financial woes. The 69-year-old former champion was diagnosed at the age of 66.  The doctor’s believe that that the onset of the disease was likely quickened by severe head injuries that Ard sustained in a career-ending 1984 accident.  Despite missing the final event of that season, he still won the championship by more than 400 points.  In addition, Ard’s wife Jo has been diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that is slowly taking her vision.

Legends Helping Legends fundraiser to benefit Ard (

With no pension plan, NASCAR's first stars are easily forgotten (Associated Press)

Richmond International Raceway Raises More Than $36,000 for Sam Ard

June 6, 2006 – As part of the 25th anniversary of the NASCAR Busch Series, Richmond International Raceway joined with NASCAR President Mike Helton, former champions, series greats, current drivers, teams and fans for an auction to benefit former NASCAR Busch Series champion Sam Ard during the May 2006 NASCAR weekend.  The two-day auction raised more than $36,000 to help assist Sam and Jo Ard with medical expenses. (complete release)


>Sam's Family would like to publically thank everyone who has contributed to the Care Fund

Samuel J. Ard Care Fund
Smith Tower Suite 405
555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC 28027

>The Fight Of His Life Busch Series legend Sam Ard enduring Alzheimer’s, financial crisis
BY RICK HOUSTON (article reposted courtesy of NASCAR Scene) (more)

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