Mr. Beard, 72, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., passed away on January 31 at his home. He was born on October 27, 1948, in Mt. Pleasant, son of the late Leo M. and Glenna L. (Shuttleworth) Beard. A 1966 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School, he attended Central Michigan University and Northwood College.
From a young age, Mr. Beard worked alongside his father, Leo, at Hub Oil and Beard Oil and Supply. In 1984, he established M & L Petroleum Inc., where he was awarded the fastest-growing business in the state of Michigan. In 2005, Mr. Beard established Beard Oil Distributing among other companies, including his most recent venture, Beard Motorsports. From a young age he loved race cars. He started from building go-karts to realizing his goal of racing late models and Busch Grand Nationals at Daytona. In 2016, he established his own NASCAR Cup Team, running the #75 car, then the #62.