Raymond Beadle was an American drag racer and auto racing team owner. Beadle was best known as the driver and owner of the “Blue Max” Funny Car. Beadle won three consecutive NHRA Funny Car championships from 1979 to 1981 and three IHRA Funny Car championships, 1975-’76 and 1981.
In NASCAR, Beadle owned a NASCAR Winston Cup Series team from 1983 to 1990, winning the 1989 Winston Cup Series Championship with driver Rusty Wallace. His team’s car number was always #27 and his car was usually a Pontiac. He also owned a World of Outlaws Sprint car racing team, driven by Sammy Swindell.
In July 2014, Beadle suffered a heart attack and underwent surgery to relieve artery blockages. He died on October 20, 2014.