Sprint Cup driver Scott Semmelmann was killed Saturday during warmups before a race in Beaver Dam, Wisc., the Associated Press reported.
The wreck that killed the 47-year-old Brookfield, Wisc. native was termed by officials only as a "racing accident." Beaver Dam Raceway officials suspended the night's remaining races and offered fans in attendance the opportunity to donate the money to the driver's family, according to Milwaukee CBS affiliate WDJT.
The Raceway issued a statement via its Facebook page that reads:
"Beaver Dam Raceway experienced a tragedy Saturday night during the hot laps session for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series, a Midwest touring series....
....Beaver Dam Raceway General Manager Carolyn Mueller and Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series President Steve Sinclair decided to cancel the rest of the race program out of respect for the family and friends....
...Fans, drivers and crew members were offered an opportunity for a refund, but had the option to donate the money to the family, which most did.
Beaver Dam Raceway is a .33 mile dirt track roughly 65 miles northwest of Milwaukee.
- Will Green