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Published: Thu, August 11, 2016
Sports | By Jaime Goodwin

27 Year Old Sprint Car Driver Dies after Crash

27 Year Old Sprint Car Driver Dies after Crash

Bran Clausen, a 27-year-old Sprint car racer that was known for being able to drive almost anything with four wheels, and for being one of the most accomplished drivers of light, powerful cars on dirt tracks, died on Sunday after a crash in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday. Clausen, who was severely injured in the crash succumbed to his wounds the next day. Since he didn’t race in the Sprint Cup series, Clausen’s death won’t affect online NASCAR sportsbook odds, but his death will be felt throughout the racing community.

Clausen’s death was announced by Jeff Dickerson, who was his agent.

The crash that led to Clausen’s death occurred during a race in Belleville, Kansas. Clausen had just taken the lead, and was pushed into a fence as he lapped another driver, causing his car to roll several times before landing on its side. After the car had come to a stop, an oncoming car hit the car’s cockpit at high speed.

On Friday, Clausen had been able to walk away from a crash on the same track, but he wasn’t as fortunate on Saturday. According to Clausen’s website, he was trying to race in 200 events this year, and had participated in 117, including Saturday’s race. Clausen had 27 victories in the 117 races he entered, with the last win coming on Wednesday.

While most drivers try to specialize on one car, Clausen was an avid racing fan and loved to race in any type of car he could get his hands on. He competed in NASCAR, IndyCar, Midget races, Sprint, and many other competitions. But he enjoyed his greatest successes in Midget races and Sprint.

The cars used in midget and sprint races are open-wheel vehicles that have incredible power to weight ratios. The ratios allow the vehicles to fly around short racetracks, most of which are made of dirt. The modern versions of the cars look a little more like an engine and roll cage put on wheels. However, some sprint cars have large wings that increase the vehicle’s downforce.

During his brief racing career, Clausen won the U.S. Auto Club championship four times. Two of the wins came in sprint, and the other two came in midget racing. Clausen’s win on Wednesday was the 112th Auto Club win of his career.

According to Kevin Miller, the Auto Club president, Clausen was on pace to become the U.S. Auto Club’s all-time winningest driver, which is amazing considering he was 27-years-old.

In addition to the other races Clausen had been in, he also participated in the Indianapolis 500 three times, the last being in May.

Clausen’s passion and enthusiasm for racing, especially at the grass roots level, made him a favorite to win a race every time he was in a midget or sprint car.

Doug Boles, the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, issued a statement after Clausen’s death saying the driver proved that he could compete with the best in the business after leading three laps at the 100th Indianapolis 500.

Clausen’s love for anything with four wheels was witnessed by those that attended the Indy 500 because the driver still competed in a sprint car race after the Indy 500 was over.

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