At the time of his death, Clauson was considered the nation’s top short-track dirt-car driver. He has won four USAC national championships and was participating in his 116th race of the season on Saturday night.
And even in death, Clauson was a hero, donating his organs to five recipients.
Clauson’s memory will be celebrated in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend. A special "BC" decal honoring Clauson will be placed on the A-Post of all cars in that race.