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Race car driver dies while taking victory lap

7 years 2 months 1 week ago Sunday, September 20 2015 Sep 20, 2015 September 20, 2015 12:52 PM September 20, 2015 in News
By: Associated Press

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. - Police say a stock car racer taking his ceremonial victory lap died after suffering an apparent medical problem following a race in Vermont.

Devil's Bowl Speedway officials identified the driver as 63-year-old Leon Gonyo of Chazy, New York. They say he had raced stock cars for more than 40 years throughout the Northeast and Canada. Saturday's race marked his fifth victory of the season at the Fair Haven track.

He had just won the speedway's final asphalt NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified race of the season Saturday when the medical problem occurred. Authorities say he accelerated into a wall, injuring a staff member's leg.

Gonyo was wearing a helmet and seatbelt when the accident occurred.

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