Sprint Car driver Sayre loses life

TULSA, Okla. (March 28 2004) -- Thirty-two year old Sonny Sayre of Proctor, AR, passed away late Saturday after suffering critical injuries in the season-opening American Sprint Car Series National Tour event at Delta Bowl Speedway in Tunica, ...

TULSA, Okla. (March 28 2004) -- Thirty-two year old Sonny Sayre of Proctor, AR, passed away late Saturday after suffering critical injuries in the season-opening American Sprint Car Series National Tour event at Delta Bowl Speedway in Tunica, MS.

The accident occurred on the third lap of the evening's 12-lap B Feature, when Sayre collided with Scott Bolden's flipping Sprint Car near the entrance to turn three. Emergency personnel worked for more than half an hour to extricate Sayre from his machine. Sayre was then life-flighted to Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he succumbed to internal injuries.

Sayre has been a regular fixture in Memphis-area Sprint Car competition over the past nine years, always competing with the ASCS when the series toured through the area. Last year, Sayre finished fifth in season points at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR, and ninth in points at Memphis Motorsports Park.

The fatality marks the first in ASCS competition since the series began sanctioning races in 1992.

Services for Sayre, who would have celebrated his 33rd birthday this Wednesday, March 31, are scheduled for Thursday, April 1.

Memorial Service:

Thursday, April 1, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rowland-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, AR.

Visitation will be prior to the services on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Rowland-Citizens Funeral Home is located at 201 Pine in West Memphis. The funeral home may be contacted at 870-735-1000.

-ascs-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series General , Sprint
Article type Obituary