WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) – Bobby East, a three-time USA Auto Club national champion driver, has died after being stabbed at a Southern California gas station this week. He was 37.
The Westminster Police Department said in a statement Saturday that Robert John of San Dimas East was the man who was stabbed in the chest Wednesday at the 76 gas station. The stabbing suspect, Trent William Millsap, was shot and killed by Anaheim police on Friday as they tried to arrest him, the statement said.
Police said there was no motive for the stabbing and that the investigation into both men is ongoing.
When they arrived at the gas station before 6:00 p.m., East was suffering from stab wounds. He was taken to the University of California Irvine Medical Center, where he died.
Eastern, whose father is a renowned short-track car builder, won the 2004 USAC National Midgets Championship and the 2012 and 2013 Silver Crown championships. 56 USAC sanctioned feature wins, 48 of which were won in national divisions.
In 2001, he was the youngest driver to win the USAC National Midget Championship at just 16 years old. In the year He won 15 USAC races in 2004 and soon had a short career in NASCAR. He now has 11 career starts in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and has two top-10 finishes in 31 career Truck Series races.
“NASCAR is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Bobby East,” NASCAR said in a statement. “Our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bobby, a true racer.”
“So sad to hear about the tragedy of legend USAC driver Bobby East. He was one wheelman,” former Truck Series champion Todd Bodine tweeted.
Westminster police said Millsap, 27, was on parole for armed robbery and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on an unrelated parole violation.