Three-time USAC national champion Bobby East has died at the age of 37 after being fatally stabbed in California on Wednesday.
Police have identified Trent William Millsap, 27, as a suspect in the alleged murder of the stock car racing driver.
East suffered a stab wound to the chest at a 76 petrol station in Westminster at 5:51 pm.
He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
East rode between 2005 and 2008 in 42 NASCAR national touring races.
The US Auto Club (USAC) issued a statement yesterday on the death of the driver.
“Bobby East, one of the most prolific drivers of his time and a three-time USAC National Champion Driver in USAC Silver Crown and Midgets, died on the night of July 13, 2022, in Southern California.”
“Born in Torrance, California, but made his home in his entire racing career in Brownsburg, Indiana, East won 56 career USAC-sanctioned feature victories, 48 of them in national divisions.”
Janice’s son and famed USAC Hall of Fame auto builder Bob East, Robert East was an immediate success in his USAC career, the organization said.
Bobby began his racing career at the age of nine in quarter midgets.
He then moved to Kenyon Cars, in which he claimed 12 feature wins, after five seasons in quarter-midgets.
In 2001, he moved to USAC’s National Midget Series and enjoyed an admirably successful year.
East became the youngest driver to win a national feature race – the Illiana Motor Speedway in Indiana – at 16.
He pursued this triumph through three USAC National victories, two USAC Regional victories, and earned the USAC National Midget Series Rookie of the Year award.
After winning more than 20 national USAC events, East made his NASCAR Busch Series debut in 2005 at Memphis Motorsports Park, finishing 17th.
His last race was in 2007, when he rode a Food 300 at the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Homestead-Miami.
The gifted athlete, who lived in Brownsburg, Indiana, was part of Ford’s driver development program while driving in ARCA and NASCAR.
Tribute went viral on social media following the announcement of East’s death.
“Please keep the East family in mind,” Speed Sport wrote on Twitter.
ARCA Communications Manager Charles Krall said: “I have the best memories of working with Bobby East.
“In an open wheel car there was no one better. It’s a shame to hear the news today.
“My love and thoughts are with his parents Bob and Janice, and the entire East family. Race in peace Bobby.”
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