Leon Gonyo, a stock car racer has died while taking a ceremonial victory lap. This man had just won the NASCAR All-American Series Modified Race on Saturday Night, while he was driving his victory lap he unfortunately had a medical problem arise. The car then accelerated into the wall before it bounced back off it and approached the speedway’s victory lane.
Leon Gonyo is known to many throughout Northern America. He was a veteran driver that had raced stock cars for a total of forty years throughout the Northeast & Canada. This marked the fifth victory for this season allow, all of them occurring at the Fair Haven Track. The inspection of his vehicle stated that everything was working in proper condition, unfortunately it seems his medical condition wasn’t working in his favor. Unfortunately they haven’t released as to what the medical condition could be, many are believing it to be a stroke or heart attack. This is a sound theory as both of these medical condition happen without notice, in a matter of seconds you’re in great pain.
The Speedway released a statement, “Mr. Gonyo surpassed the majority of drivers, he surpassed the award’s criteria and he was considered to be a leader in our community. Rest easy, Leon Gonyo. Thank you for all the moments where you shared your passion, class and joy with us.” It seems that this sixty three year old driver will be sorely missed by his loved ones, the stock car NASCAR community and beloved fans.