NASCAR star Bobby East was stabbed to death
A homeless man stabbed Bobby East to death at a California gas station this week, and the killer is still on the loose Saturday, authorities said.
The US Auto Club champion, 37, was stabbed in the chest Wednesday while fueling up at a station in Westminster, Calif. Despite the best efforts of emergency responders, East died at a nearby trauma center.
Authorities consider Trent William Millsap, 27, a suspect in the stabbing of the stock car racing driver, the outlet reports.
A Westminster Police Department statement described Millsap as a “transient known to frequent Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anaheim motels.” Photographs released by the department show Millsap covered in tattoos on his head, face, neck, chest, arms, and hands.
The motive for the attack is unknown, and he is considered a dangerous and armed individual.
East, a native of Torrance, Calif., who lived in Brownsburg, Ind., won 56 USAC-sanctioned races, 48 of them in national divisions.
A statement from the USAC described Bobby East as “one of the most prolific drivers of his era.”
His father, USAC Hall of Fame car builder Bob East, was the father of East.