Former NASCAR Driver, USAC Champ Bobby East Stabbed, Killed at Gas Station in California

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Former NASCAR driver and three-time USAC National Champion Bobby East died July 13 after a knife attack at a gas station in Westminster, California.
East was 37.
According to published reports, Westminster Police say East suffered a stab wound to his chest and was taken to a local hospital where he died. Trent William Millsap, 27, has been named a suspect by Westminster Police. No motive was mentioned in the reports. Millsap is reportedly a transient from the Westminster-Anaheim area of ​​Southern California.
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East is credited with 56 career USAC feature race victories, including 48 in national divisions. In 2012 and 2013 he won the USAC Silver Crown Series championship with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing. In 2012, East became the ninth driver in USAC history to win in the top three categories of Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget on dirt and pavement.
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East began racing in USAC national events in 2001 at the age of 16. That year, he became USAC's youngest national feature winner en route to USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year.
East also has the honor of winning USAC's last race at a 1-mile distance when he won at the Milwaukee Mile in 2005.
A native of Torrence, California, East has lived in Brownsburg, Indiana for most of his racing career. Between 2005 and 2008, he made 31 career starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and 11 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. His best NASCAR results were eighth place in the Truck Series for team owner Jack Roush at Texas and Memphis in 2008.
East made his last USAC start at a Silver Crown event in 2014.

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