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UPDATE: Race Driver Dies

KSAL Staff - August 8, 2016 8:01 am

Bryan Clauson Facebook photo

Bryan Clauson Facebook photo

A three-time Indy 500 starter who was badly injured in a crash at the Belleville High Banks Speedway Saturday night has died.

Bryan Clauson died Sunday, after he was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a violent accident in Saturday night’s 39th annual Belleville Nationals midget race. The 27-year-old’s car went into a series of snap rolls before landing on his side. It was then struck in the cockpit by an oncoming car at a high rate of speed.

It took rescue workers approximately 30 minutes to cut off the cage of his car, remove Clauson and place him in an ambulance.

According to the Indianapolis Star, a funeral service will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at a later date.

ORIGINAL: A three-time Indy 500 starter was badly injured in a crash at the Belleville High Banks Speedway Saturday night.

Racing News reports that Bryan Clauson was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a violent accident in Saturday night’s 39th annual Belleville Nationals midget race.

Starting ninth, Clauson had just taken the lead from Chad Boat and was starting to pull away when he encountered lapped traffic on the lightning-quick half-mile dirt track. The 27-year-old got stuffed into the fence by a lapped car and went into a series of snap rolls before landing on his side, at which point he was struck in the cockpit by an oncoming car at a high rate of speed.

It took rescue workers approximately 30 minutes to cut off the cage of his car, remove Clauson and place him in an ambulance.

Clauson walked away from a nasty crash in Friday night’s preliminary race and tweeted his thanks to Simpson Racing and Spike Chassis.

Clauson scored his 27th feature win of 2016 on Wednesday night in Beloit, Kansas and was looking to become a four-time winner at Belleville. Saturday night was his 116th start of the season as he was attempting 200 starts in midgets and sprints.

Boat, the son of former Indy 500 veteran and USAC champ Billy, went on win the 40-lap main event.

Story from: Racing News

 

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