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Jack McCoy
A service was held Monday at the McHenry Chapel of Franklin and Downs for Jack McCoy, 72, of Modesto. He died April 14, 2009 at a Modesto hospital.

Mr. McCoy spent most of his life in the tire business and won more races than anyone in the history of NASCAR's West Coast circuit. A Dodge driver, Jack won a record 54 races in the 1960's and 1970's in NASCAR's regional series, known at various times as Grand National West, Winston West and Pacific Coast Late Model Series. He finished first in the final standings in 1966 and 1973 and second four times.

Born March 29, 1937 in Los Angeles, Mr. McCoy moved to a ranch near Ceres. His father, John McCoy, opened McCoy Tire on Ninth Street in Modesto in 1950. He attended Turlock High School and Modesto Junior College, and then went to work in the family business. Jack later opened his own tire shop on McHenry Avenue, eventually branching into specially made tires and other supplies for race cars.

He leaves behind his wife, Peggy Joyce McCoy of Modesto; his children, Dr. Harry Brown of Modesto, Gina Vance of Modesto, Tracee Collins of Kansas, Kathleen Lengel of Ripon, Kim Tofanelli of Sacramento, Cindy Brown of Modesto and Christine Brown of Incline Village, Nev.; his sister, Louise Barnick of Modesto; two brothers, Dan McCoy of Atascadero and Robert McCoy of Modesto; and 14 grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to the Carole Sund-Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation, 301 Downey Ave., Modesto 95354, or to a favorite charity.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /April 22, 2009