HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — The racing community is mourning the death of Shawn Balluzzo who passed as a result of injuries sustained during a crash at Saturday night’s modified feature at Langley Speedway.
Balluzzo, 64, was an 11-time champion at Langley Speedway.
Hampton Public Safety Communications received a call just after 9:45 p.m. on Saturday for a report of a motor vehicle extrication at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.
Members of the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene and found Balluzzo suffering from life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he later succumbed to those injuries.
Hampton Police officials said the initial investigation revealed that during a scheduled race, two vehicles came in contact with one another sending one vehicle into a protective wall.
“The Modified Class race car is not a motor vehicle produced for highway driving. The vehicle was secured by NASCAR Officials at the safety inspection garage at the track for inspection of safety devices,” said police officials in a statement released.
“A detailed NASCAR report is forthcoming. The Hampton Police Division documented the incident as an industrial accident and the follow-up investigation will be handled by the appropriate authorities.”
A statement from Virginia Motor Speedway remembers Balluzzo as a champion both on and off the track.
“He won the hearts of our fans with 11 track championships and a driving style that made him one of the most respected competitors we’ve ever known.”
Balluzzo was featured in a story by WAVY News 10’s Nathan Epstein last year after his daughter was diagnosed with pediatric Leukemia.
The Hampton Police Division is still investigating the crash.
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