UPDATE: 4:38 PM: Volusia County Sheriffs Office has reported in a statement that Crews suffered a medical event after being involved in breaking up the brawl.
What began as a great night for the Bobby Weber Racing team at New Smyrna (FL) Speedway has quickly turned tragic.
Former ACT regular Bryan Kruczek and the #19nh team went to the New Smyrna World Series in a brand new, purpose-built sportsman car, and ultimately won the feature event on Saturday night. However, things quickly took a nasty turn in the post-race tech line.
According to reports, a massive brawl broke out between the Bobby Weber Racing team and second place finisher Matthew Green’s team. Both were disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct. An eyewitness told RaceDayCT.com that “It was the worst thing that I have ever seen happen at a race track”
Matthew Weaver of Autoweek and Short Track Scene reported that track official Rusty Crews attempted to break up the brawl, and later passed away early Sunday morning. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that they are “unsure if the death was related to the incident or if there were any underlying medical conditions that could have contributed to the death.”
Kruczek finished fourth in the American Canadian Tour standings in 2020 with one win and four top five finishes.
Bobby Weber Jr is the owner of Star Speedway in Epping, NH, as well as the car owner for Kruczek.
This story is still developing and will be updated when additional confirmed information is released.