HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ Edwin ``Banjo'' Matthews, NASCAR's most prolific chassis builder in the 1970s and 1980s, died Wednesday. He was 64.

Matthews, who had been in failing health for two years, died at a Hendersonville nursing home, said his son, Jody.

Matthews was a resident of Arden, N.C., where he operated a chassis-building business that was a favorite of most top teams on the Winston Cup circuit, including Junior Johnson and Wood Brothers Racing.

Matthews last year won the first Smokey Yunick Award for lifetime mechanical achievement in Winston Cup racing. He was inducted last month into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete.