Plane Crash Claims Sprint Ace Tony Elliott (Update)

UPDATE The family of former USAC National Sprint Car Series champion Tony Elliott have announced details regarding his services.

Visitation will be held at Warsaw Community Church, Sunday, Oct. 11 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at Warsaw Community Church. Elliott will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Ind.

In lieu of flowers the family has established a Tony Elliott Chili Bowl Memorial Foundation. More information will be available in the coming days.


Tony Elliott with a young Kyle Larson at the 2008 Chili Bowl

Tony Elliott, a former AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series champion, was one of four people killed in a small place crash Friday near the Georgia and South Carolina border at Lake Hartwell.

Elliott’s brother-in-law confirmed to WNDU in South Bend, Ind., that Elliott was one of the four people aboard the plane.

Elliott, 54, was well known in the dirt track world as a skilled driver. He won races in all three USAC National divisions and captured the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series championship in 1998 and 2000.

Elliott won 26 USAC sprint car races, nine midget features and five Silver Crown races. He won many of USAC’s most historic events, including the 2000 and 2001 Hoosier Hundred, the 1999 Ted Horn 100, the 1998 and 2000 Summar Classic, the 1998 Hurtubise Classic and the sprint car portions of the 4-Crown Nationals in 1987 and 1993. He was also the 1999 Indiana Sprint Week champion.

Also reportedly killed in the crash was Warsaw (Ind.) Councilman Charlie Smith, his son Scott and former Tippecanoe Valley (Ind.) football coach Scott Bibler. They were reportedly on their way to Clemson, S.C., to watch the Clemson Tigers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game.

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