Bryan Clauson, Racer, R.I.P.

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Racer and four time USAC Champion Bryan Clauson has died from injuries suffered at a midget race in Belleville, Kansas Saturday night. He was only twenty seven years old.

The Noblesville, Indiana resident was in pursuit of starting a record two hundred races in 2016, including the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in which he finished twenty third for Dale Coyne Racing. The Belleville Nationals race that became his last was number one hundred and sixteen out of two hundred. Characteristically, he was leading when the accident occurred.

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Clauson was widely respected and admired by his fellow drivers and others. Tony Stewart, a friend of Bryan’s, spoke of the difficulty of “losing him” yesterday when speculation about his condition was flying. Jenna Fryer, Coyne team mate Pippa Mann and others admonished such talk, although in the end it turned out to be correct. Surviving him are a young fiancee and several family members.

It’s another sad reminder of the dangers of the sport and that sometimes death wins the race. Rest in peace, Bryan. Your presence at the track, skills behind the wheel and determination to win will be missed.

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