Race car driver dies during victory lap at Vermont track

Sep 20, 2015 3:21 PM by News Staff

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) - Police say a racing driver taking his ceremonial victory lap died after suffering an apparent medical problem following a race in Vermont.

State police have not released the name of the 63-year-old driver who died following the race Saturday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven.

Authorities say the driver appeared to suffer some kind of medical problem before accelerating into a wall, injuring a staff member. That worker was treated at a hospital for a minor leg injury.

Saturday's stock car race - the final of the season - was the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200, according to the track's website.

Police say the driver was from New York and had over 42 years of racing experience. He was wearing a helmet and seatbelt at the time.

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