Former NASCAR driver Bobby East has died aged 37. The three-time US Auto Club National Champion had an illustrious racing career that began when he was just 16 years old. In 2001, he won the National Midget Series Rookie of the Year award after being crowned the youngest person to ever win a USAC feature race, per Nine Racing.
USAC confirmed East’s death and revealed that he died on the evening of July 13. “East was also phenomenal in the USAC National Sprint Cars, especially on sidewalk courses,” USAC said. He added: “He had 15 wins in the series, the first coming in 2003 at Ohio’s Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. He also won the Milwaukee Mile in 2005, the last USAC sprint car race to be held on a 1-mile course. “
Hailed as “one of the most prolific drivers of his time,” East’s influence on racing is undeniable. Unfortunately, the details of the NASCAR star’s death are very tragic.
Bobby East was fatally stabbed
Bobby East was reportedly stabbed after an altercation with a man at a California gas station, according to the Daily Mail. Authorities revealed that the athlete suffered multiple stab wounds and later died from his injuries.
“The victim was found on the ground with a severe stab wound to the chest,” police said in a statement. “Officials attempted life-saving measures until OCFA paramedics arrived and took the victim to a local trauma center, where the victim succumbed to his injuries.” After the attack, officers began searching for Trent William Millsap, one person allegedly killed in another stabbing incident was involved. TMZ reported on July 16 that police later located Millsap, who was fatally shot during his arrest.
Tributes to the NASCAR star have begun as fans and fellow racers took to social media to share their grief. “Bobby East was a damn good racer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the East family.” one person tweeted. While Todd Bodine, NASCAR Champion and Fox Sports analyst, wrote“Very sad to hear of the tragic incident involving legendary USAC driver Bobby East.