Monday morning at 8 a.m. I was waiting to hear an update on Bryan Clauson’s condition after his wreck at the Belleville High Banks in Kansas.
What came was the news all race fans feared most, we had lost Bryan Clauson.
I’m guessing most race fans like myself were thinking what I was thinking, “what a way to start a Monday.”
My Bryan Clauson story is a simple one.
I had never met Bryan. I had chances, and I never took one. I can’t begin to explain how much I regret that now. The latest chance being at a race during the Ohio Sprint Speedweek. I was interviewing drivers before the race started, asking about the grueling schedule of running a speed week.
To no surprise Bryan was on my list to try and talk to. Who would have been better to talk to than a guy trying to pull off 200 races in a year right?
He had passed me a couple times on a four wheeler and I thought, I’ll just talk to him later. Well later never came. I had run out of time to get a word with him as hot laps were about to start so I didn’t want to bug anymore drivers while they were getting ready to race.
The funny thing is even though I never got to meet him I was fascinated by Bryan. I live in Late Model territory, and I always stayed current with Bryan.
I followed him on social media, I stayed up to date with his races, and I even followed his dogs on Twitter. For a guy who I only got to see race once or twice a year, he was absolutely magnetizing. It’s easy to see why everybody has such nice things to say about him.
Bryan was as talented as they come – a true wheel man. He drove everything from Midgets to 360 Sprints to 410 Sprints with the World of Outlaws. Not only did he drive, he also won. In fact, he won a lot.
When he would win, it was normally followed by a post on social media with the caption of “Parked It’.
I think it’s safe to say that while Bryan may be gone now, he has “Parked It” in the hearts of race fans from Australia to the United States and will truly be missed.