Formula 1
14 Aug
Race in
16 Hours
:
34 Minutes
:
12 Seconds
Formula E MotoGP
07 Aug
Event finished
14 Aug
Warm Up in
11 Hours
:
04 Minutes
:
12 Seconds
NASCAR Cup
08 Aug
Event finished
16 Aug
Race in
22 Hours
:
24 Minutes
:
12 Seconds
IndyCar
17 Jul
Event finished
12 Aug
Practice 4 in progress . . .
WEC
R
Bahrain
19 Nov
Next event in
95 days
Supercars
12 Jul
Event finished
15 Aug
Qualifying 2 in
05 Hours
:
34 Minutes
:
12 Seconds

Longtime Chief Starter Couch passes away

shares
comments
Longtime Chief Starter Couch passes away
Jan 17, 2002, 11:45 PM

GLENDORA, Calif. - One of the original members of the NHRA Safety Safari, Hiram Eddie "Buster" Couch, passed away Saturday morning at his home in Georgia. He was 66. For more than 30 years, Couch was a fixture at starting lines throughout the ...

GLENDORA, Calif. - One of the original members of the NHRA Safety Safari, Hiram Eddie "Buster" Couch, passed away Saturday morning at his home in Georgia. He was 66.

For more than 30 years, Couch was a fixture at starting lines throughout the country as he served as NHRA Chief Starter from the early 1960s until his retirement from the important position at the conclusion of the 1995 season.

"Few in the last fifty years epitomized the spirit of NHRA through not only his words, but his actions for his 50-plus years of dedication to the sport of NHRA Drag Racing," said Tom Compton, NHRA president. "I believe I speak for everyone at NHRA when I say he will be truly missed."

From 1964-1978 Couch also worked as NHRA's Southeast Division Director (Division 2) and was instrumental in establishing drag strips and organizing events throughout the region. Couch remained active with NHRA following his retirement, attending many events as a member of the NHRA race control staff.

"Through all the major contributions Buster made to NHRA, and in the past few years where he was a big assistance in race control with his vast knowledge of the sport, I think his greatest gift may have been his humor," said Graham Light, NHRA senior vice president of racing operations. "Buster had a unique knack to make people laugh, but still maintain respect."

Services will be held Wed., Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at Horis-Ward Funeral Home, Rockdale Chapel, 1999 Highway 138, Conyers, GA 30013; (770) 918-8851.

Condolences may be sent to Mike Couch, 671 Providence Club Drive, Monroe, GA 30656.

-nhra-

2002 pre-season news

Previous article

2002 pre-season news

Next article

NHRA 2Day debuts February 10th on ESPN2

NHRA 2Day debuts February 10th on ESPN2
Load comments

About this article

Series NHRA