Kokomo Speedway to honor life of Bryan Clauson on Aug. 24

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KOKOMO, Ind. – It was one of his favorite tracks, and it seems only fitting that the Kokomo Speedway will honor the life of four-time USAC champion Bryan Clauson.

According to organizers, the celebration of life event on Aug. 24 is free. It starts 1 p.m. with racing following at 6:30 p.m. Country music singer Tim Dugger will perform once the races are over.

The date marks the first day of USAC’s fifth annual Spring Car Smackdown event at the track; Clauson planned to compete as part of his 200-race tour.

Clauson died on Sunday, Aug. 7, following a crash in Kansas. He was one of the country’s top dirt track drivers and competed in the Indianapolis 500 three times, even leading three laps during the 100th running of the race in May.

Clauson was an organ donor, and his family said his donated organs went to five different people. They’ve asked that donations be made in his name to the USAC Benevolent Foundation. Donations can be made online or mailed to 124 E. Northfield Drive, Suite F #129, Brownsburg, IN 46112.