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NHRA starter, Bakersfield native Stewart dies at 80

Rick Stewart, the National Hot Rod Association's chief starter and a longtime racer himself, died Friday at the age of 80, according to the NHRA's official website.

The Californian received confirmation of Stewart's death Monday morning. The Bakersfield native made his home in Texas but, as he told The Californian in 2017, "started racing on Chester Avenue."

Reporter Henry Greenstein can be reached at 661-395-7374. Follow him on Twitter: @HenryGreenstein.

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