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Former NASCAR Driver, USAC Champ Bobby East Stabbed, Killed at Gas Station in California

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Photo Credit: Joe Robbins – Getty Images

Former NASCAR driver and three-time USAC National Champion racer Bobby East died on July 13 after a knife attack at a gas station in Westminster, Calif.

The former was 37.

According to published reports, Westminster Police say East stabbed him in the chest and was taken to a local hospital where he died. Trent William Milsap, 27, has been named by Westminster Police as a suspect. No motive was listed in the reports. Milsap is reportedly a transient from the Westminster-Anaheim area in Southern California.

The former is credited with 56 career USAC feature race victories, including 48 in national divisions. He won the USAC Silver Crown Series championship in 2012 and 2013 with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing. In 2012, East became just the ninth driver in USAC history to win the three top categories: Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget on dirt and pavement tracks.

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Photo Credit: Jerry Markland – Getty Images

East began racing in the USAC national events in 2001 at the age of 16. That year, he became the youngest USAC national feature winner to earn USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors.

East also held the distinction of winning USAC’s last race on the one mile track, winning at the Milwaukee Mile in 2005.

East was a native of Torrance, California, who lived in Brownsburg, India during most of his racing career. He made 31 career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 11 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series between 2005 and 2008. NASCAR’s best finishing was eighth in the 2008 Truck Series for team owner Jack Roush in Texas and Memphis.

East made his final USAC debut at the Silver Crown event in 2014.

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