BREAKING: NASCAR Star Dies In FREAK Accident, His Family Needs Our Prayers… [VIDEO]



Open-wheel driver Bryan Clauson has died, USAC and Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Monday morning.


The Indiana native had a horrifying crash Saturday night in the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals USAC midget race. Clauson was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, following the incident.

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Racing driver and dirt-track specialist Bryan Clauson was airlifted out of the Belleville Midget Nationals race tonight after his car hit the guard rail, flipped and was t-boned by another competitor, per Racer. Belleville’s feature race was red flagged as a result.

The accident occurred as Clauson caught up to lapped traffic, according to Racer’s report:
credit to Rob Kasl on facebook.

Alan Tuttle at NEWSBAKE reports that Tony Stewart was a longtime team owner for Clauson’s sprint-car efforts and sent kind words for the family in this difficult time.

“Yeah, terrible thoughts. It’s a tragedy,” Stewart said. “That kid drove for us for a long time and did a great job and never went anywhere, I don’t care what happened, no matter how bad his day was, he always found a way to smile with it. Him and Lauren being engaged, the kid had such a bright future, and it’s just … it was hard to start the day today in the car. It sucks when it’s anybody in racing. It’s hard when you lose them, but it’s even worse when they’re somebody as close to you as Bryan was.”

At an 8 a.m. news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, officials read a statement from Clauson’s family.

“Last night, the seventh of August, we said goodbye to our son, fiancé and friend, Bryan Clauson. He was surrounded by family and friends, and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him.

“Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars we would park in Victory Lane.

“However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fan’s day or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation towards his friends, family and fans.”

“This is certainly a sad day for the racing community as a whole, and on behalf of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we send our deepest condolences to the family of Bryan Clauson,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “Anybody who witnessed Bryan behind the wheel of a race car can attest to his elite ability, relentlessness and unbridled willingness to race anything on wheels. While he’ll be remembered most as a legend of short-track racing, his participation in the Indianapolis 500 exemplifies his fearlessness, true versatility as a competitor and the pure depth of his talent as a driver.”

“Short-track racing has always been the heart and soul of auto racing in America,” said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. “Bryan Clauson combined his passion and enthusiasm for grassroots racing with a God-given talent that made him the favorite to win every time he got in a midget or sprint car. And he proved on the world’s largest racing stage — by leading three laps in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 — that he could use that talent in just about anything with wheels.

“More importantly, he possessed a humility and character out of the race car that made him a person that fellow competitors and fans alike enjoyed being around,” Boles added. “His spirit, his positive outlook and his thrilling talent will be missed by the entire racing community. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are with the Clauson family in this difficult time.”

Statement from Gateway Motorsports Park General Manager and Executive Vice President Chris Blair:

“Words can’t describe the sadness of losing a driver as great as Bryan. When we first learned of the crash on Saturday night, our entire staff and racing community prayed for the best and hoped that this news wouldn’t arrive. Bryan was special as he would race anything, anywhere, anytime.

We were fortunate in that he was a regular in our area and, with him attempting to race 200 times this season, we could see him every couple of weeks on the numerous short tracks in the area. Bryan was a winner at Gateway and we were looking forward to seeing him in action again on our oval. To short track fans around the country, Bryan was ‘our guy.’ Bryan was the driver we wanted to see break through to superstardom but, at the same time, we wanted to see him racing on dirt tracks multiple times a week.

Earlier this year Bryan and his fiance Lauren Stewart became promoters and we were proud of their success in packing the event center at Duquoin for an indoor event. Bryan gave more to the sport than he ever took from it. He will be missed and our hearts are breaking over the news of his passing. Please keep Bryan’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”

Our prayers go out to Bryan’s family and friends.

God Bless.


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