Posted on: Jan 14, 2012 at 11:32
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 We have had this headsup for a bit thanks to our northern reporter, Randy Cronk but we are still waiting for details. The following post is one of the first we have received. The Crawford family is in our prayers.

The Chili Bowl has experienced a tragedy. In an off track domestic incident, Chili Bowl competitor Donny Ray Crawford who was locked in to the H main for today's competition, was shot and killed along with his father at his home last night.

A third person, an adult woman was also injured in the shooting. She was able to talk when emergency workers arrived and she was reported to have said, â€"”I don't want to lose my son”

Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert said the shooting appears to be the result of a family disturbance.

â€"It's too early to say why it happened,” he said, adding that there is no reason for the community to feel at risk.

â€"It appears to be a family thing,” he said.

It has been reported that tonight's A-Main will be extended to 55 laps in honor of Crawford.


The race community here in Tulsa is saddened and shocked by the occurrence. The thoughts and prayers from all of the staff at Speedway Media go out to the family, friends and fans of Donny Ray Crawford.

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