Former NASCAR driver Bryan Clauson dies after racing crash

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BELLEVILLE, Kansas — Sprint Car driver Bryan Clauson has died after a harrowing accident in the Belleville, Kansas, Midget Nationals USAC midget race.

His family said in a statement on social media Monday morning, in part:

“Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiancé, our friend, Bryan Clauson. He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him.”

Clauson was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska following the Saturday night crash.

Clauson was considered the nation’s top short-track dirt-car driver. He has won four USAC national championships and was participating in his 116th race of the season on Saturday night.

His schedule this year was on pace for 200 starts, and that included a 23rd-place finish in the Indianapolis 500.

The 27-year-old Indiana resident  started three Indianapolis 500s and was a development driver for Chip Ganassi in NASCAR, where he competed in 26 races over the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

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