Sprint car champion Tony Elliott killed in plane crash

Tony Elliott seen competing during a USAC race in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in 2001.

©2001 Phil Abbott, USA

Four people were killed in a plane crash near Lake Hartwell on Friday.

Sprint car driver Tony Elliott, 54, along with Charles Smith, 71, his son Scott Smith, 44, and Scott Bibler, 51, were on their way from Warsaw, Indiana, to the Notre Dame vs. Clemson game at Clemson, South Carolina, when their Piper Saratoga went down.

All four were residents of Warsaw. No one else was on the plane.

Elliott had won the USAC National Sprint Car Series in 1998 and 2000.

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and team Tony Stewart Racing took to social media to share their grievances on the passing:


We were sorry to hear of the tragic passing of our competitor and friend, Tony Elliott, following a plane crash on…

Posted by Tony Stewart Racing on Friday, October 2, 2015

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.