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DATE News (chronologically)
04/03/07
nascar
Toyota NASCAR mechanic murdered
Team Red Bull started their day with a moment of silence for mechanic Jimmy Sprinkle, 44, who was gunned down outside his farm in Love, N.C. Sprinkle had been with the #83 team for about a year and previously worked for former NCTS Champion Ted Musgrave's team.

Sprinkle had seen someone coming down his driveway Saturday night and went outside to investigate. He was shot once in the chest and died at Iredell Memorial.

Alexander County investigators and State Bureau of Investigation agents will not comment on motive are believed to have found the shooter's vehicle, a white 1980s model Monte Carlo with a dark blue top.

Sprinkle's wife, Sylvia, said he had another life outside of racing, "We live in the farming community, he helped plow many gardens, he's out with fertilizer, anything they need to do with cattle and horses."

Statement from the #83 Red Bull Team
"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the unfortunate loss of Jimmy Sprinkle's life. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Jimmy's family and friends. Jimmy was one of those hard-working crew guys with great personality that don't come around very often. Jimmy will be sorely missed at the race shop and at the track."

Hard to believe this guy had enemies. I guess everyone does, just most of them don't lead to murder. Glad to hear they have a lead.

Our condolences to the Sprinkle family.

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