Bobby East, who won three national championships in the Silver Crown and Midget divisions and also had experience in NASCAR, died on Tuesday in a stabbing attack in Westminster, California. He was 37.
He suffered a stab wound to the chest at a gas station on Westminster Blvd. in Los Angeles, California.
The Brownsburg, Indiana native would be rushed to a local area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
West was at a 76 gas station on Tuesday at 5:51 PM when he was stabbed in the chest. Paramedics and police attempted to save his life before moving him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
WPD named 27-year-old Trent William Millsap as the suspect, having escaped the scene prior to police arrival.
Millsap, described as a transient who travels between motels in Southern California, is charged with murder, has a parole warrant, and is considered armed and dangerous. Suspect killed by police.
Between 2005 and 2008, East competed in 42 NASCAR National Series events, including a majority schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Wood Brothers Racing, where he scored two top-10 finishes and a pole at IRP.
The son of USAC Hall of Fame inductee Bob East, he won fifty-six USAC features during his career, with all but eight coming at the national level.
The first, a National Midget event in 2001 at Illiana Motor Speedway, made him the youngest driver to win in the series at sixteen years of age.
He claimed the USAC National Midget championship in 2004 followed by the Silver Crown in 2012 and 2013. He ended his USAC stint after 2014.
In 2006, he ran nearly the entire Truck Series schedule for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, serving as a team-mate to Supercars Championship star Marcos Ambrose.
East finished twenty-third in points with the best run of eleventh at IRP. Two years later, he did seven races for Roush Fenway Racing (now RFK Racing), scoring his lone pole at IRP and a pair of top tens at Texas and Memphis.