NASCAR Xfinity: Teams remember Bryan Clauson at Mid-Ohio
By AMANDA VINCENT
During its stand-alone NASCAR Xfinity Series race weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course culminating in Saturday’s running of the Mid-Ohio Challenge, race cars will carry decals honoring Bryan Clauson, who passed away at the age of 27 on Aug. 7 as a result of injuries sustained Aug. 6 in a USAC Midget race in Belleville, Kan.
The decal will be on the A-Post of all cars competing in Saturday’s Mid-Ohio race.
Clauson was a former NASCAR Nationwide (now-Xfinity) Series driver. He made 26 starts in the series between 2007 and 2008. He finished in the top-five once and posted two top-10 finishes.
“NASCAR extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bryan Clauson, a passionate competitor whose love for racing fueled his unmatched positive spirit. He was a deer friend to many in the racing comunity, and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. He touched the lives of so many in our motorsports family, and his warm presence and relentless enthusiasm will be missed,” NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell said in a statement released by the stock car sanctioning body.
Clauson was the 2013 USAC National Sprint Car champion and had plans to compete in 200 races of various kinds over the course of 2016. By the time of his death, he had made 116 starts, resulting in 27 wins, the last coming less than a week before his death.
Clauson also made three starts in the Indianapolis 500.
According to a statement made by his family via social media on Wednesday, Clauson was an organ donor, and his donation helped five people.