Bobby East, a NASCAR star, was fatally injured in a petrol station attack in Orange County, California, on Wednesday, July 13.
Race car fan Bobby was apparently filling up his tank in Westminster, California when a homeless man brutally knifed him to death.
When the first responders came, they saw Bobby bleeding profusely and rushed him to the nearest trauma facility, where he later died.
Trent William Millsap, a “transient and known to frequent Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anaheim motels,” is being sought by the Westminster police. He is armed and dangerous because of an outstanding parole warrant.
Continue reading to learn more about the assassinated NASCAR racer, who is seen in the following images.
1. Bobby Is a California Native
On December 17, 1984, he was born in Torrance, California. After relocating to Brownsburg, Indiana, he began his racing career at Schererville, Indiana’s Illiana Motor Speedway.
2. The United States Auto Club (USAC) Called Him a “phenomenal” Driver
On July 15, the USAC released a statement saying, “Bobby East was an immediate success in his USAC career.
As a USAC National Midget Rookie in 2001, he racked up the most wins in more than 25 years. The series’ Rookie of the Year award went to him.
The USAC continued, “East was excellent in USAC National Sprint Cars, particularly on concrete circuits.”
“He won 15 races in the series, the first of which was at Ohio’s Mansfield Motorsports Speedway in 2003. ‘ On the Milwaukee Mile in 2005, he won the last USAC Sprint Car race hosted on a one-mile track..”
3. He Won Three USAC National Driving Titles
Bobby went on to win three USAC national driving championships after becoming the youngest winner of a major USAC National Midget event at the age of 16: the 2014 USAC National Midgets title and back-to-back 2012 and 2013 USAC Silver Crown titles.
4. He Made His Nascar Debut in 2005
One of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events that he tried to qualify for in 2005 ended in a wreck.
Within a few weeks, Bobby made his NASCAR Busch Series debut in the No. 46 ST Motorsports car at Memphis International Raceway. He finished 17th in the competition.
5. Bobby’s Father Built One of His First Winning Cars
He is the son of famed car builder Bob East, who is recognized for his midgets, sprints, and silver crown machines in the USAC Hall of Fame.
The Steve Lewis Racing No. 9 was built by Bob Sr. and driven to victory in the 2004 USAC National Midget Series by his son.
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