Alexander Dudas

Obituary of Alexander Dudas

Alexander “Lex” G. Dudas, 72, of Flying Hills, passed away May 8, 2018 in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, after a long battle with illness. He was the husband of Laura L. (Fultz) Dudas. Born in Phoenixville, PA, he was a son of the late Alexander & Ruth (Bartzer) Dudas. A distinguished businessman, Lex was exquisitely articulate and extremely passionate about drag racing. He arrived at Maple Grove Raceway as a fan in 1962, then a racer in 1963, competing with a 1963 B/S Plymouth. He joined the Maple Grove team part-time in 1969, working in the timing tower organizing handicaps for eliminators and doing other jobs, before joining the staff fulltime in 1971. He stayed at the track for 8 years, working his way to be part of the management team, before being recruited by NHRA as its Southeast Division Director in 1978. Lex held that important position with NHRA until 1991, during which time he successfully helped lobby NHRA to host a national event at Maple Grove Raceway. That quest came to fruition in 1985 and the poplar event continues to this day. He left his division director post to become General Manager of NHRA-owned Indianapolis Raceway Park. In the four years he served there, he also was the group general manager of NHRA-owned facilities. He left NHRA in 1996 to serve as Director of Operations for Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1996-97) and then General Manager at Pikes Peak International Raceway (1997-98). In 2000, he was named general manager of the American Speed Association’s AC Delco Series. Lex eventually returned to Maple Grove Raceway in 2004 as Director of Sales and Marketing and was promoted to Vice President & General Manager in 2007, a position in which he served until his retirement last year. Lex had been inducted into both the NHRA Southeast and Northeast Division Halls of Fame. In 2017, he was the recipient of the prestigious NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award. Lex was a 1963 graduate of Spring Ford High School, Royersford. He was honorably discharged in 1972 after serving in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Lex loved the beach, traveling and cars. In his later years, he enjoyed cooking. In addition to his loving wife Laura, he is survived by his children – Traci, wife of Gene Straface, Royersford, Todd, husband of Theresa Dudas, King of Prussia, his siblings – Judy Lukens, Royersford, Dwight, husband of Barbara Dudas, Harleysville, and his grandchildren – Gavin & Griffin Straface and Nina & Owen Dudas. He was predeceased by his brother David Dudas. Friends and relatives may call on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 9-11 AM followed by his Celebration of Life service at 11 AM at Houck & Gofus Funeral Home, 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown. Interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Lex Dudas to Gift of Life Family House, 401 Callowhill St., Philadelphia, PA 19123. www.GiftofLifeFamilyHouse.org The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington is assisting the Dudas family. www.kleefuneralhome.com