The NASCAR world and NEMCO Motorsports are both mourning the passing Monday night of Sid Mauldin, co-owner of the No. 8 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Mauldin, 61, died after a nearly three-year battle with gastric cancer, according to a team release.
“Sid was a great man,” NEMCO Motorsports co-owner Joe Nemechek said in a team release. “From meeting him the first time in the parking lot of the Bristol Motor Speedway to becoming a partner of ours in John Hunter’s racing career – it was all pretty phenomenal.
“He had a vision, and wanted to be involved in racing, and I cannot thank Sid and (wife) Dawna enough for helping getting John Hunter going. We will truly miss him.”
Mauldin was first diagnosed with gastric cancer in February 2013. It eventually metastasized into Stage IV cancer that spread to his liver and lungs. He had been undergoing regular treatments at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston since October 2013.
Despite his own fight with the disease, Mauldin became a tireless advocate and inspiration to others who also were dealing with the emotional and physical affects of cancer.
In the Nov. 6 race at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 8 Truck featured a banner for No Stomach For Cancer, a nonprofit group for those battling stomach cancer.
In addition to his involvement with NEMCO Motorsports, Mauldin was also a rancher and owner of SWM International Inc.
The family plans to hold a private memorial for Mauldin.