Dale Eugene Kreider, retired businessman and stock car driver, died at his home in Seminole, Florida, on June 29, 2023. He was 76.
Born on Nov. 19, 1946 in Reading, Pennsylvania, he moved with his family from Ephrata, Pennsylvania, to Redington Beach, Florida, in 1958.
Kreider worked summers as a Beach Boy at the Tides Hotel and Bath Club in North Redington Beach before graduating from Seminole High School in 1964.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969, stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.
Kreider began his racing career in the early 1970s. He had a long history of success in road and stock car racing. He competed in IMSA, SCCA, Grand Am, Trans Am, GT Marlboro Challenge, TIDA, ARL PARTS Pro Truck, FasTruck, and the NASCAR Sportsman series. Over a 20-year period he compiled an impressive 85% record finishing the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. His driving expertise allowed him to transition to superspeedway racing in ARCA and NASCAR events through the early 2000s, capping off an impressive 30-year racing career.
He was also a successful entrepreneur and owner of Seminole-based business Kreider Laundry Leasing during that period.
Kreider, the son of the late Eugene and Marian Kreider, is survived by daughter Jillian Kreider Beall (Matthew) and granddaughter Hannah Elizabeth Beall of Atlanta, GA; and sisters Cindy Kreider Thompson of Naples, Florida, and Joan Kreider Dance of Tampa, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Humane Society of Pinellas.