Bobby East is one of the most prolific drivers of his era and a three-time USAC National Champion driver in USAC Silver Crown and Midgets. He raced in USAC, ARCA, and NASCAR during his iconic career. We’re sad to report, Bobby died Tuesday after being stabbed at a gas station.
According to the Westminster Police Department, West was at a gas station in Westminster, Calif when he was stabbed in the chest. Police officers attempted life saving measures until paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local trauma center, where the victim succumbed to his injuries. Trent William Millsap, 27, was named by police as a suspect in the attack.
Milsap, who fled the area before police arrived, was described by WPD as a known transient who has an outstanding parole warrant. He remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. A motive for the attack remains unknown. East, a native of Torrance, Calif., who made his home throughout his racing career in Brownsburg, Ind., captured 56 career USAC-sanctioned feature victories, 48 of them in national divisions.
Hitting the scene in 2001, East was seen as a natural on the racetrack given that he’s the son of USAC Hall of Fame car builder Bob East. That year, East found his first victory at the USAC National Midgets in 2001, becoming the youngest winner ever at the time at 16. The peak of East’s USAC Silver Crown career came when he teamed up with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and delivered consecutive series championships in 2012 and 2013.
East’s score in the 2012 Sumar Classic Terre Haute finale was historic as it put him on the exclusively short list of nine drivers in USAC history who’ve won on dirt and pavement tracks in all three national divisions: Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget. Meanwhile, you can check out Milsap’s picture release by the Westminister PD below.
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