Former race car driver Bobby East has died at the age of 37 after being stabbed at a gas station in Westminster, California.
The United States Auto Club announced his death on Friday, calling him “one of the most prolific drivers of his era” and noting that he was a “three-time USAC National Champion driver.”
He was fatally stabbed on Wednesday after a confrontation with another man when East was filling up his own vehicle with gas, according to Deadline.
East, the son of USAC Hall of Fame car builder Bob East, “captured 56 career USAC-sanctioned feature victories, 48 of them in national divisions,” the USAC said. He also competed in 42 NASCAR national touring series races between 2005 and 2008, according to racing news site Frontstretch.
The man suspected in the stabbing was 27-year-old Trent William Millsap. Police shot and killed Millsap while serving an arrest warrant at an apartment building on Friday night, The Mercury News reported. The police department did not return a request for comment from HuffPost.