WEST HAVEN >>One man is dead after driving into a wall at the Devil's Bowl Speedway on Sunday.
According to a release from the Vermont State Police, Ronald W. Casey, 61, of Manchester, was on lap nine of 35 around 9:15 p.m., when he drove through turn four and struck a wall head on. Fair Haven Rescue responded to the crash and transported Casey to Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 1:12 a.m. Monday.
Casey was competing in a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modified race on a 3/10 mile dirt track, according to a statement the speedway released Monday evening.
Police believe Casey experienced a medical event that led him to drive off the track; however, the cause and manner of death are under investigation until autopsy results are revealed.
The speedway stated, "Ron Casey was the epitome of the old-school, hard-working Vermonter, and was an impeccable ambassador for grassroots auto racing. Mr. Casey was the first driver to register to compete when dirt track racing returned to Devil's Bowl Speedway in September 2014, he was the first driver to arrive at the track's official car show in Downtown Rutland on a rainy 35-degree morning in May 2016, and he was the first driver in line to enter the pit area on the night that he passed away—just as he was at virtually every race."
Last year, a 63-year-old man from Chazy, N.Y. suffered from a stroke during his victory lap at the speedway, according to My Champlain Valley news.
—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.