Shawn Balluzzo, an 11-time track champion at Langley Speedway, died after a crash in a modified race Saturday night, the track confirmed. Balluzzo was 64.
Balluzzo, who won 16 of the Hampton, Virginia track’s 17 modified races in 2019, died after his car went over the hood of another and hit the Turn 2 wall at about 70 mph, according to The Virginian-Pilot. The newspaper reported that safety personnel cut the roof of Balluzzo’s car off to extricate him.
Saturday’s twin modified races were the first of the season for that series at the track.Balluzzo finished second in the opening race.
Tributes to Shawn Balluzzo were abundant Sunday morning and came from throughout the racing community.