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Top US racing driver Bryan Clauson dies from crash injuries

Published 08/08/2016

Racing driver Bryan Clauson has died (AP)
Racing driver Bryan Clauson has died (AP)

Top US dirt-track driver Bryan Clauson has died from injuries suffered in an accident while racing.

The 27-year-old's death was announced on Monday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A statement from his family said Clauson died on Sunday evening and "fought to the end".

Clauson was leading the Belleville (Kansas) Midget Nationals USAC midget ra ce on Saturday night when he crashed while overtaking lapped traffic.

His car rolled and was hit by another competitor. He was airlifted to a hospital in Nebraska, and died surrounded by his family.

Clauson was on pace to compete in 200 races this year. He had 27 victories in 116 starts, and led three laps in the Indianapolis 500 in May.

A four-time USAC national champion, Clauson was aiming to become the driver with the most victories in series history.

AP

He was a development driver for Chip Ganassi in NASCAR, where he competed in 26 races over the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

He also spent several seasons driving for Tony Stewart's sprint car team. Stewart said after the NASCAR race on Sunday he hoped to see Clauson's parents and fiancee, Lauren, soon.

"That kid drove for us for a long time and did a great job and never went anywhere," Stewart said.

"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, kid had such a bright future."

Clauson had another wreck during the weekend.

After that crash Friday night, he posted on Twitter his appreciation for his safety equipment, his chassis manufacturer and his team for getting his car ready for him to race Saturday night.

Many top NASCAR drivers immediately took to Twitter to ask for prayers for Clauson.

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