ASC driver in fatal incident at Buttonwillow

Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Buttonwillow, CA. Saturday October 18th 2003. A tragic one-car accident during an American Stockcar Challenge (ASC) race took the life of series regular William "Billy" Blauvelt of Ringwood, NJ. Early in the 30-minute ...

Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Buttonwillow, CA. Saturday October 18th 2003. A tragic one-car accident during an American Stockcar Challenge (ASC) race took the life of series regular William "Billy" Blauvelt of Ringwood, NJ. Early in the 30-minute timed event, Blauvelt apparently lost control of his race car and slid off course, impacting a dirt embankment. Witnesses reported that no other cars were nearby and that the incident took place at a relatively slow part of the 3.1 mile road course. Rescue crews arrived within seconds and immediately extracted Blauvelt. He was quickly airlifted by helicopter to Kern County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead soon after. Kern County Coroner Investigator Ken Noack listed the official cause of death was a "Closed Cranio Cervical Injury with a Basal Scull Fracture". A preliminary inspection indicated that all the safety equipment functioned properly.

Blauvelt began racing in 2001 after over a decade of high performance driver's education with several other driving organizations. He was passionate about exotic cars and had owned quite a few including a Ferrari, a Dodge Viper, an Acura NSX, a replica Shelby Cobra and several race prepared Porsches. He drove the #44 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the RealRide Racing team and had recently finished on the podium at his last ASC race. Blauvelt was 38 years old and is survived by his wife Adriana and 18 month old son Nikolas.

Contributions to Nikolas' education fund can be sent to:

Nikolas W. Blauvelt
PO Box 412
Ringwood, NJ 07456

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