Director Of Competition Malcolm Graffam Succumbs To Post-Surgery Medical Complications

mal graffamBeech Ridge Director of Competition Malcolm Graffam, 67, succumbed to post-surgery medical complications on Sunday evening, November 3rd.

The energetic and respected head of the pit area went in for scheduled heart valve replacement surgery during the Fourth of July holiday week.  A dislodged blood clot caused a stroke during his recuperation a couple days after the successful heart surgery.  The stroke was the first in a series of medical complications that prolonged his ability to recover.  A second scheduled surgery a few weeks ago created a new set of post-operative complications.  The series of accumulating medical distresses became too much for his body to overcome.

He was comforted at his hospital bedside by his wife of 49 years, Patty, and their immediate family, when his struggle subsided.

Mal was a 1960s “C” class driver before eventually turning his efforts pit-side for other teams.  Notably, he helped propel Bob Randall to Beech Ridge championship titles and did the same with Dick McCabe’s NASCAR Busch North Series efforts.  He served as the Ridge’s head tech man during the mid-1970s, and returned to the track’s highest role as Director of Competition, alongside Bob Libby, beginning in 1997.

A fund-raising site to help Malcolm’s family meet uncovered medical expenses and anticipated home care remains online to receive thoughts and donations at

Service arrangements will be posted on and through our social media outlets when details become available.