The Maple Grove Raceway community is deeply saddened by the death of a distinguished businessman, previous Division Director and former General Manager, Lex Dudas who passed away on Tuesday, May 8th. Lex Dudas lost his courageous battle with cancer. Lex was exquisitely articulate and extremely passionate about drag racing.
Dudas first arrived at Maple Grove Raceway as a fan, then a racer and eventually working his way to be part of the management team. His career in the sport spanned 55 years. In those five and a half decades Lex took the world by storm. From being the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Southeast Division Director, President of the Super Chevy Shows, Track Manager, General Manager at Indianapolis Raceway Park to Vice President & General Manager of Maple Grove Raceway. He even lobbied for an NHRA National event to be held at Maple Grove. Which is still running 34 years strong.
Lex Dudas was a man who accomplished many great things and never once let anything stand in his way. He exuded a passion and drive for drag racing and Maple Grove Raceway. During his induction speech for 2016 NHRA Northeast Division Hall of Fame, he announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2017 season. “It has been a hell of a ride,” said Dudas. He mentioned that he planned to spend his retirement with his family.
Above all his greatest love was for his wife, Laura, his siblings, children and grandchildren. He touched the lives of thousands, with each one having a memory or story to share. One of Lex’s best attributes was the ability to see the potential in people. He was able to see something, many could not even see in themselves. He was a tough businessman with a gentle heart and his wisdom and life experience were unprecedented.
Our hearts go out to his family and to all who were touched by his extraordinary legacy during this time of sadness.