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CONCORD, N.C. Vergil Earnest "Vic" Irvan bun Mr. Vergil Earnest "Vic" Irvan, 79, of Concord, N.C. passed away Sunday night, Oct. 24, 2009, at his home after losing a battle with stomach cancer. Vic was born Dec. 18, 1929, in Freedom, Okla., to the late Jefferson C. "Buck" Irvan and Opal Hickey Irvan. He served in the United States Air Force from 1947-1950 1947-1950 1947-1950 as an Air Traffic Controller. A self-taught self-taught self-taught businessman, Vic owned and operated Associated Auto Wreckers in Seaside for 20 years before moving to North Carolina in 1978. Vic was the last promoter of the Old Concord Speedway. He worked on several NASCAR teams including Ed Negre's and Lake Speed's. . Vic was the manager of Irv an-Simo an-Simo an-Simo Racing for his son, Ernie Ernie and also worked as a spotter for him for many years. Since 1982, Vic had been the President and Co-Owner Co-Owner Co-Owner of Irvan-Smith, Irvan-Smith, Irvan-Smith, Inc. with his son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, son-in-law, Kevin Smith. Vic's racing career began in 1952 in California and he spent many years on the dirt tracks racing open wheel cars in his familiar purple, "circle 9" car. He won many trophies, championships championships and was a California State Champion in the 60's. He was inducted into the Watsonville Speedway Hall of Fame in 1998. Vic was an incredibly generous friend to all that he met. Near and dear to his heart were his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren greatgrandchildren who brought him joy each and every day. He was preceded in death by son, David Wayne Irvan; daughter, Susan Irvan Lewis and brother, David Irvan. Surrivn: Vic is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Graves Irvan of the home; son, Ernie Irvan and wife, Kim of Wadmalaw Island, S C.; daughters, Sheryl Irvan Bradford and husband, Jerry, of Monterey; Tracy Irvan Smith and husband, husband, Kevin of Concord, N.C; grandchildren, Chad Dotseth, Staci Graulich, Joey Bradford, Jordan Irvan, Jared Irvan, Scott Smith and Lauren Smith; great grandchildren, Kensli; Zach, Ella and Skye; brothers, Frank livan of Sapulpa, Okla. and Cecil Irvan of Sacramento; sisters, Marie Moore of Prunedale and Anita Davi of Pebble Beach. Visitation: From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Wilkinson Wilkinson Funeral Home and will be at the home the remaining time. Funeral service: 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Wilkinson Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Chaplain Karen Kaser Odor. Burial: Will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, N.C, 28081. Arrangements: Wilkinson Funeral Home. 100 Branchview Drive NE, Concord, N.C 28026, 704-786-3168. 704-786-3168. 704-786-3168. 704-786-3168. 704-786-3168. Online condolences: May be left at www Wilkinson funeralhome.com.