ALLSTAR: Bill Knisley Suffers Fatal Injuries at Eldora Speedway

Sprint Car Driver Killed at Eldora ROSSBURG, OH - Sprint car driver Bill Knisley, age 37, of Loveland, Ohio was pronounced dead at Coldwater Hospital Saturday evening following a hot laps accident during the All Star Circuit of Champions...

Sprint Car Driver Killed at Eldora

ROSSBURG, OH - Sprint car driver Bill Knisley, age 37, of Loveland, Ohio was pronounced dead at Coldwater Hospital Saturday evening following a hot laps accident during the All Star Circuit of Champions racing event at Eldora Speedway.

Knisley rode over the wheel of another competitor during hot laps entering turn three, and hit the turn four concrete wall almost head-on, resulting in several flips. Knisley was removed from his machine by four paramedics and transported by ambulance to Coldwater Hospital where he died shortly thereafter of internal injuries. Knisley is survived by his wife, three children and his parents.

The Knisley family requested that the racing action continue Saturday in remembrance of Bill. A collection was taken up for Knisley's family, totaling $2720, at Eldora and the evening was dedicated to him.

Knisley had driven sparingly the past two seasons, and the Eldora race was only his seventh race of the season.

Kevin Baker of Convoy, Ohio was the winner of Dale Blaney's 1998 Historical Big One winning driver's uniform drawing to benefit the All Star Benevolent fund. All the proceeds from the drawing Saturday were donated to the Knisley family.

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