We are very sad to report to you from the Chili-Bowl, that the dirt world has lost one of the good guys today. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, driver Donnie Ray Crawford was killed this morning from a gunshot wound. We don’t have much details besides the fact we know he was shot along with another victim.
The mood here at the Chili-Bowl is drastically different then it has been all week. Donnie Ray’s car is out in front of his trailer, and a mural is laid out on a table for passerby’s and loved ones to sign.
Tears are plenty around his trailer, as the team and everyone in attendance is shocked. Last year at this time Donnie Ray thrilled the local fans by winning his preliminary night. He was very young and full of talent.
We’ve just learned that his sister Chastity will be providing the national anthem this at this year’s Chili-Bowl. We can guarantee you that there won’t be a dry eye in the house. We will provide you more details as we are made aware of this breaking story. But for now, all we can offer is our deepest condolences and prayers for the entire Crawford family.