Bryan Clauson’s short time in NASCAR reflected on a few cards

Clauson1Bryan Clauson raced on many circuits during his career — a resume that included multiple appearances in the Indy 500, a couple seasons in NASCAR’s Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series, two season titles in the USAC sprint car series and three season championships in USAC midget series, where was the defending champ this year.

He was a regular on dirt tracks and that’s where he suffered injuries in a race and died on Sunday night at age 27.

“This is truly one of the darkest days in the 60-year history of the United States Auto Club,” USAC CEO Kevin Miller told USA Today. “Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC champions, we’ve lost a true ambassador for all of motor sports.”

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His two seasons in NASCAR are where collectors might know him from as Press Pass featured him on 40 different cards back in 2008 and 2009 when he raced in 26 events, finishing in the Top 10 twice. He had since turned back to dirt tracks where his career began as a 16-year-old back in 2005 with a third-place finish at Limaland Motorsports Park in Ohio.

He appears on nearly 20 different certified autographs in a few Press Pass and Wheels brands but only five memorabilia cards — all in the 2008 Press Pass Top Prospects sets found in 2008 Press Pass Speedway.

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