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cubicdollars
August 13, 2016 at 12:48:37 PM
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"It was not lost on our family as we sat huddled around him, holding his hands, comforting him and each other, saying our last goodbye that five families were also sitting in a hospital room somewhere, comforting their loved one and each other while praying for a miracle that Bryan ultimately delivered for them.”

http://fox59.com/2016/08/10/race-car-driver-bryan-clauson-saved-five-lives-after-organ-donation-family-says/


 

 

 

They don't even know how to spell sprint car much less chromoly...http://www.ycmco.com



fiXXXer
August 13, 2016 at 01:34:47 PM
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Posted By: cubicdollars on August 13 2016 at 12:48:37 PM

"It was not lost on our family as we sat huddled around him, holding his hands, comforting him and each other, saying our last goodbye that five families were also sitting in a hospital room somewhere, comforting their loved one and each other while praying for a miracle that Bryan ultimately delivered for them.”

http://fox59.com/2016/08/10/race-car-driver-bryan-clauson-saved-five-lives-after-organ-donation-family-says/



Great story. As tragic as losing BC is to his family and the entire racing community, it's great to see that he helped those people.



revjimk
August 13, 2016 at 04:25:47 PM
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Somebody should do a movie about BC. Tragic hero



CentralPaPosse
August 13, 2016 at 06:44:10 PM
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I'm still bitter about this.  I've watched the video 100 times.   WHY did it take so long for the field to slow down and how on earth did the car that hit him NOT SEE HIM sitting on the track upside down???  



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August 13, 2016 at 06:53:25 PM
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Posted By: CentralPaPosse on August 13 2016 at 06:44:10 PM

I'm still bitter about this.  I've watched the video 100 times.   WHY did it take so long for the field to slow down and how on earth did the car that hit him NOT SEE HIM sitting on the track upside down???  



You will never understand if you've never been there...The track is big.....really big.....wide.....and faster than any track you've been to. Also, keep in mind that at the exact time this happened, nearly everyone's attention was on a car that lost a LR wheel on the frontstretch. That is what the hand in the video is pointing at.... Remember, BC was in a nearly identical situation with the roles reversed the night before in the exact same location. That being said, the track could use more and/or better caution lights, but I don't place balme on anyone or anything and I was there...


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August 14, 2016 at 12:03:56 AM
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Posted By: CentralPaPosse on August 13 2016 at 06:44:10 PM

I'm still bitter about this.  I've watched the video 100 times.   WHY did it take so long for the field to slow down and how on earth did the car that hit him NOT SEE HIM sitting on the track upside down???  



Please do not feel bitter. Belleville is so fast, so round & so much concentration is needed to just keep your bearings of which end of the track u r even racing on. Bryan unfortunatly lost his life doing what he loved the most besides givIng & bringing happiness to others. Avoid any feelings of bitterness & attempt to turn them into thoughts of forgiveness for Ryan Greth as he will for the rest of his life have to relive this terrible moment of misfortune not only for Bryan, the Clauson family, the entire racing world along with himself & whatever thoughts cross his mind day in & day out from now until eternity.

GODSPEED---BC       PARK IT IN IT'S FINAL SPOT  #1 ALWAYS



cubicdollars
August 14, 2016 at 08:06:58 AM
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Hopefully they keep up the missing man formations until 200.


 

 

 

They don't even know how to spell sprint car much less chromoly...http://www.ycmco.com


dirtfan
August 14, 2016 at 12:50:00 PM
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Posted By: cubicdollars on August 14 2016 at 08:06:58 AM

Hopefully they keep up the missing man formations until 200.



Nice.



hatesfenders
August 14, 2016 at 01:01:22 PM
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Posted By: CentralPaPosse on August 13 2016 at 06:44:10 PM

I'm still bitter about this.  I've watched the video 100 times.   WHY did it take so long for the field to slow down and how on earth did the car that hit him NOT SEE HIM sitting on the track upside down???  



what video did you watch???????  the car hadn't come to a complete stop yet!!! It was still working its way down the track!!!!  Do you have any understanding what kind of distance you cover in a split second on a racetrack???? Times that by 3 at that place.  Do you know what its like to roll out of the throttle or make a drastic turn running wide open on the cushion or on a high banked racetrack????  The cushion was 5ft off the guardrail and lightning fast. If you never been there you wouldn't understand.  If you never been in a car you wouldn't understand. Its a tragic deal.... no need to be pointing fingers on a public forum



revjimk
August 14, 2016 at 01:08:11 PM
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Posted By: CentralPaPosse on August 13 2016 at 06:44:10 PM

I'm still bitter about this.  I've watched the video 100 times.   WHY did it take so long for the field to slow down and how on earth did the car that hit him NOT SEE HIM sitting on the track upside down???  



Think about it. If that driver could have done anything to protect himself, his own car, or BC, he would have done it. "its a dangerous sport & things happen fast. No need to point fingers



CentralPaPosse
August 14, 2016 at 03:13:11 PM
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Posted By: hatesfenders on August 14 2016 at 01:01:22 PM

what video did you watch???????  the car hadn't come to a complete stop yet!!! It was still working its way down the track!!!!  Do you have any understanding what kind of distance you cover in a split second on a racetrack???? Times that by 3 at that place.  Do you know what its like to roll out of the throttle or make a drastic turn running wide open on the cushion or on a high banked racetrack????  The cushion was 5ft off the guardrail and lightning fast. If you never been there you wouldn't understand.  If you never been in a car you wouldn't understand. Its a tragic deal.... no need to be pointing fingers on a public forum



I guess I should have been more precise with "bitter".  I wasn't pointing any fingers at the drivers as much as how long after the crash started when was the red displayed?  I know the distance a car covers in a second on a high speed track.  I've spent a good many years in the pits at Selinsgrove. I know what fast is.  I'm not getting into a passing match with anyone about this.  In my opinion it was an awful long  time from the start of the crash till the field slowed. If your opinion is different that's your right. 



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Posted By: CentralPaPosse on August 14 2016 at 03:13:11 PM

I guess I should have been more precise with "bitter".  I wasn't pointing any fingers at the drivers as much as how long after the crash started when was the red displayed?  I know the distance a car covers in a second on a high speed track.  I've spent a good many years in the pits at Selinsgrove. I know what fast is.  I'm not getting into a passing match with anyone about this.  In my opinion it was an awful long  time from the start of the crash till the field slowed. If your opinion is different that's your right. 



"...I've spent a good many years in the pits at Selinsgrove. I know what fast is..."

Selinsgrove track size .5, 410 track record 15.810

Belleville High Banks track size .5, 410 track record 14.258

Think about knocking more than a second and half off your track record and that will give you an idea of how fast the High Banks are.  



revjimk
August 14, 2016 at 06:13:14 PM
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Posted By: CentralPaPosse on August 14 2016 at 03:13:11 PM

I guess I should have been more precise with "bitter".  I wasn't pointing any fingers at the drivers as much as how long after the crash started when was the red displayed?  I know the distance a car covers in a second on a high speed track.  I've spent a good many years in the pits at Selinsgrove. I know what fast is.  I'm not getting into a passing match with anyone about this.  In my opinion it was an awful long  time from the start of the crash till the field slowed. If your opinion is different that's your right. 



OK

We all wish it hadn't happened



fiXXXer
August 14, 2016 at 06:49:49 PM
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Posted By: Chet C. on August 14 2016 at 06:08:11 PM

"...I've spent a good many years in the pits at Selinsgrove. I know what fast is..."

Selinsgrove track size .5, 410 track record 15.810

Belleville High Banks track size .5, 410 track record 14.258

Think about knocking more than a second and half off your track record and that will give you an idea of how fast the High Banks are.  



^this



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"...I've spent a good many years in the pits at Selinsgrove. I know what fast is..."

Selinsgrove track size .5, 410 track record 15.810

Belleville High Banks track size .5, 410 track record 14.258

Think about knocking more than a second and half off your track record and that will give you an idea of how fast the High Banks are.  



Belleville is actually over 5/8 mile when going the fast way around on the top.


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Posted By: hatesfenders on August 14 2016 at 01:01:22 PM

what video did you watch???????  the car hadn't come to a complete stop yet!!! It was still working its way down the track!!!!  Do you have any understanding what kind of distance you cover in a split second on a racetrack???? Times that by 3 at that place.  Do you know what its like to roll out of the throttle or make a drastic turn running wide open on the cushion or on a high banked racetrack????  The cushion was 5ft off the guardrail and lightning fast. If you never been there you wouldn't understand.  If you never been in a car you wouldn't understand. Its a tragic deal.... no need to be pointing fingers on a public forum



The cushion that night, and most nights was more like 5" off the "K" rail.


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cubicdollars
August 15, 2016 at 06:40:22 PM
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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cpv8s1zXYAAkt2c.jpg


 

 

 

They don't even know how to spell sprint car much less chromoly...http://www.ycmco.com


cubicdollars
August 16, 2016 at 03:39:33 AM
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Bryan Clauson's neighbors paying their respects...

Lauren Stewart ‏@LaurenStewart9

Just came home for the first time... Our entire street has green lights.

https://twitter.com/LaurenStewart9/status/765400625471451136


 

 

 

They don't even know how to spell sprint car much less chromoly...http://www.ycmco.com


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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cpv8s1zXYAAkt2c.jpg



I had never seen this photo before now. Wow. If there was a Pulizer prize for motorsports photgraphy, this should win it.



cubicdollars
August 24, 2016 at 07:41:33 PM
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The Noblesville racecar driver was remembered Wednesday at Kokomo Speedway, the place he called his 'house of worship.'

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(Photo: IndyStar file photo)

A grasshopper crawled out of Bryan Clauson's racing suit folded up on a table inside his motor home just days after he died.

Then, the chirping insects with the long hind legs started appearing, seemingly everywhere. Showing up unannounced, making themselves seen. Landing right on the friends and family of Clauson. Crawling on necks of Clauson fans at racetracks. People started posting the grasshopper photos on social media.

What was going on, Diana Clauson, wondered. She just couldn't understand the onslaught of green critters since her son's death earlier this month. She prayed one night to get an answer to what these grasshoppers symbolized.

"I said, 'Bryan, you need to tell me. What does that all mean?' " she said Wednesday at a service celebrating the 27-year-old Clauson's life at Kokomo Speedway.

The next morning, it came to her. She would look up the spiritual meaning of the grasshopper. When she did, it felt like Bryan was talking to her. She read that meaning to the crowd of hundreds, fighting through tears.

"When the grasshopper appears to us, we are being asked to take a leap of faith and jump forward into a specific area of life without fear. Grasshoppers can only jump forward ... not backward, or sideways," she said. "So when a grasshopper shows up, he could be reaffirming to you that you are taking the right steps to move forward in your current situation. Or it could be that he is telling you to go ahead and move forward, getting past what is hindering you."

That's what it was. Clauson was telling them, his family believes, it's OK to move on without me.

* * *

He was the scrawny kid from Noblesville with the infectious smile, who got his start as a racer on the dirt track at Kokomo Speedway at 13 years old. He became the youngest driver to reach 100 wins in USAC.

Dubbed the nation’s top short-track dirt-car driver for much of the past decade, Clauson won four USAC national championships — two in sprint cars, two in midgets. He started three times at the Indianapolis 500 and led three laps in this year’s race before finishing 23rd.

"Bryan proved a great racer is a great racer on any track," Kokomo mayor Greg Goodnight said in a proclamation Wednesday.

Clauson just never could get enough of the thrill of being great at racing. The thrill, ultimately, cost him his life.

He died Aug. 7 from injuries suffered in a USAC midget crash in Belleville, Kan., the night before.  The crash happened after Clauson had taken the lead in the 39th Belleville Midget Nationals. He came upon a lapped car as he approached Turn 4, hit that car and flipped before landing in the middle of the dirt track. A trailing car driven by Ryan Greth could not avoid hitting him, sending both cars tumbling.

It took what seemed like forever to extricate Clauson from his car. He was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Neb. Inside the waiting area, the room filled. So many people wondering how Clauson was.

A trauma specialist from that hospital stood up on Wednesday to speak at the service and said he couldn't believe all the people there. But it didn't take long to understand why. He had never met Clauson, but he grew close to the family as they watched Clauson take his last breath. He realized the impact this young driver had in his short life.

But the impact was about to get much more intense. It all happened when they looked at Clauson's driver's license.

* * *

Inside the hospital on that devastating night, Tim Clauson got the news no dad ever wants to hear.

Tim Clauson (middle), embraces well-wishers at a tribute

Tim Clauson (middle), embraces well-wishers at a tribute for his son, Bryan Clauson. (Photo: Robert_Scheer_IndyStar)

"We weren’t given much hope," he said. "We weren’t given any hope."

The son he had spent so many hours with in the garage, working on midget cars, wasn't going to make it. The boy he helped get excused from Noblesville High School to go to races would never sit in a car again.

Family and friends sat there and looked at each other with pain in their eyes and soaked tissues in hand and asked, "What's next?"

Then the father of Clauson's fiancee, Lauren Stewart, thought to ask: "Has anyone looked at Bryan's driver's license?"

Stewart had it. She had Clauson's wallet and his license. She always kept it safe for him while he raced. And there it was. Clauson was an organ donor.

"At that moment, our lives changed," said Tim Clauson. "As bad as it was before, our lives changed for the better."

An organ donation meant three more days with their beloved son. They got to say goodbye, without leaving anything unsaid, Tim Clauson said.

"In the last hours, we just got to sit with him and cry," he said. "It allowed us to go on. It gave us a little hope, gave us life again."

Bryan Clauson saved five people's lives with his organ donations. The family started a campaign called "Chasing 200." In honor of Clauson's life, they wanted 200 new organ donors to register.

By Wednesday, 757 had already signed up, so the family changed the campaign to 2,000. If that goal is met, it will be the largest national organ donation campaign ever.

* * *

Helping people live, even after his death. It's not surprising that Clauson has left that legacy, said Jerry Medlin, a fan at the service.

"He's probably one of the most outstanding individuals I've ever met in my life," he said. "Just an extremely nice guy. Very unassuming."

People attending a celebration of life service for

People attending a celebration of life service for Bryan Clauson signed a banner in tribute to him on Wednesday. (Photo: Robert_Scheer_IndyStar)

 

After finishing this year's 500, Clauson drove to Kokomo Speedway, where he won a 30-lap sprint car race. That's the kind of guy he was.

Clauson could have raced on just about any circuit and become a star; he was that good, said Medlin, who got to know Clauson in the last two years following USAC.

"The kid was absolutely phenomenal," he said. "I used to race back in the '70s and '80s, so I've got an idea of what dirt track racing takes to do it. I never got to see A.J. Foyt in his heyday or Johnny Rutherford and those guys, but I can’t imagine that there was anybody ever any better than what Bryan Clauson was."

Fans looked up to him. Racing writers praised him. Fellow racers were impressed by him. And none of that seemed to ever change him, Medlin said.

In the end, he was just a fun-loving guy — who was scared beyond belief of grasshoppers.

* * *

They were on their way back to Knoxville from a midget race. Stewart and Clauson and a friend in a car. About two hours into the six-hour drive, a grasshopper glanced Clauson's arm. He hated bugs and flung it toward Stewart, where it landed and then leapt in the air.

The entire way home. Clauson kept begging Stewart to find that grasshopper. He was terrified of it.

"Find it. Find it," Stewart recalled him pleading. "Seriously, if that thing touches me, I'm going to freak out."

Stewart kept looking in the car for the grasshopper while Clauson drove, when a string from his shorts touched his leg.

"He screamed like he was a little girl," Stewart said. "This 27-year-old man who is fearless is scared of bugs."

They never found that grasshopper from the car. At least while Clauson was alive.

Then days after his death, Stewart was sitting for the first time in the couple's home — alone — and that grasshopper came crawling out from his racing suit. She knew.

"It's Bryan," she said.

Become an organ donor for Bryan Clauson

To register as an organ and tissue donor in memory of Bryan Clauson, visit RegisterMe.org/Campaign/BryanClauson.


 

 

 

They don't even know how to spell sprint car much less chromoly...http://www.ycmco.com




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