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Rick Huseman, off-road racing champion dies in plane crash in an unpopulated area of Barstow

Monster Energy’s Champion off-road racer Rick Huseman was killed this afternoon in a plane crash in the unpopulated area of Barstow, California. While unrelated to the death of Dan Wheldon, this is another sad occasion in what will long be remembered as a dark day in motorsports history.

This fatal accident occurred at approximately 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon when the plane, a Beach 33 Bonanza which is similar to the Cessna 195, was attempting to make an emergency landing at the Barstow/Dagget Airport. Huseman and his family were returning from the Inaugural Monster Energy Million Dollar Cup SuperCross race held in Las Vegas last night. (Full story at KTLA) His younger brother Jeff who was his was one of the three people killed. It's unclear who the third victim is.

Rick Huseman has been building a highly competitive racing program since 1997 and in 2009, Rick took home his first PRO 4X4 Championship in the new Traxxas TORC Series. His championship run started early in the season with an amazing 5 wins in the first 6 races. He completed the year with 6 wins and 10 podiums and earned 7 Oakley Bomb Run Awards for fastest lap times. He was voted 2009 TORC Series Driver of the Year by his fellow drivers.

Rick followed up his TORC Series championship with a 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro-4 Championship. He dominated the class with 10 wins in 15 rounds of racing. This amazing feat has placed him in the record book for the most single season wins in short-course history. He was also awarded the prestigious 2010 "Driver of the Year" award presented by Dirt Sports Magazine. In the TORC Series, he narrowly missed the championship by a meer 3 points. For 2011, currently Huseman is in second place for points.

In his 12 years of racing, Huseman has scored 29 victories in Off Road Racing.  Joe Parsons, Monster Energy’s Director of Marketing for Central Europe and long time friend of Huseman says “ Rick was a true down to earth good person and a highly competitive racer who was full of life and always with a smile to remember.  He will be truly missed. “ Huseman was 38 years old and will be truly missed by the offroad racing world.

- Eric Morley, Blue C


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