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NASCAR star Bobby East stabbed to death at California gas station


NASCAR star driver Bobby East was stabbed to death this week by a homeless man at a California gas station, and his killer remains at large Saturday, authorities said.

The 37-year-old, a three-time US Auto Club champion, was stabbed in the chest on Wednesday while refueling at a station in Westminster, California, The Sun reported. Emergency responders attempted to keep him alive, but East died at a local trauma center.

Local cops are looking for Trent William Millsap, 27, who authorities are considering a suspect in the racing driver’s stabbing, the outlet reported.

Trent William Millsap is accused of fatally stabbing NASCAR driver Bobby East in the chest.
Westminster Police Department
Trent William Millsap is accused of fatally stabbing NASCAR driver Bobby East in the chest.
Suspect Trent William Millsap is apparently homeless.
Westminster Police Department

A statement from the Westminster Police Department described the 6ft 5in Millsap as a “passenger and known to frequent motels in Westminster, Garden Grove and Anaheim”. Photos released by the department show Millsap covered in tattoos on his head, face, neck, chest, arms and hands.

He is considered armed and dangerous and the motive for the attack is unknown.

East, a native of Torrance, Calif., who lived in Brownsburg, Indiana, has 56 USAC-sanctioned career wins, including 48 in national divisions.

The fatal stabbing took place at a 76 gas station at 6322 Westminster Blvd in Westminster, California.
The fatal stabbing took place at a 76 gas station at 6322 Westminster Blvd in Westminster, California.
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The US Auto Club called East a
The US Auto Club called East “one of the most prolific drivers of his era”.
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East has won three USAC national driving titles: the USAC National Midgets title in 2014 and back-to-back USAC Silver Crown championships in 2012 and 2013.

USAC, in a statement, called Bobby East “one of the most prolific pilots of his era.”

East was the son of USAC Hall of Fame car builder Bob East.

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