Dirt Track Racer Bryan Clausen Dies

Dirt track racer driver Bryan Clausen died August 7 as a result of injuries sustained in an on track incident during a race at Kansas. Clausen was 27 years old.

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Considered to be one of the best dirt track drivers, Clausen was passing lapped traffic on the track at the Belleville Midget Nationals when he crashed his car climbing the guard rail. After rolling the car, it was hit by another driver. He was the defending champion of the race at Belleville – a race he had won three times.

It was Clausen’s second race over the weekend. After a crash on Friday night, Clausen went on Twitter to express his thanks for the safety equipment, his car’s manufacturer, and to his racing team.

United States Auto Club (USAC) President and CEO Kevin Miller spoke on Clausen saying, “this is truly one of the darkest days in the 60 year history of the United States Auto Club. Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC champions, we’ve lost a true ambassador for all motorsports.”

Clausen was a man who loved to race and would race anyrhing on four wheels if given the opportunity. He not only ran in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this past May – his third 500; he led three of the 200 laps in the race.Clausen had raced in 116 during the 2016 racing season, winning 27 of them. Looking to be the winningest driver in USAC history, the four time USAC champion was scheduled to run in some 200 races in the 2016 racing season. As a USAC driver Clausen had won over 170 races.

Clausen was a development driver for Chip Ganassi Racing where he ran in 26 races and drove numerous races behind the wheel of three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart’s sprint car.

Tony Stewart spoke on Clausen saying,”I don’t care what happened, no matter how bad his day was, he always found a way to smile with it.”

Clausen is survived by his parents, sister Taylor, and fiancee Lauren Stewart.


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