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Driver, 20, Loses Life in Calistoga Speedway Crash

Updated: A 75th Anniversary race turned tragic at Calistoga Speedway Saturday night when sprint car driver Tyler Wolf was fatally injured after crashing head-on into the raceway wall. The Napa County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

A 20-year-old sprint car driver lost his life during an Open 360 Commemorative Race at Calistoga Speedway Saturday evening.

The driver, identified as 20-year-old Tyler Wolf, of Redding, was participating in the race Saturday night and was coming out of a turn according to Calistoga Fire Department staff who were present at the race.

Wolf apparently lost control of his sprint car and crashed head-on into the wall that borders the racetrack. He sustained major head injuries as a result of the crash, according to the Calistoga Fire Department.

Wolf was taken by ground ambulance to nearby St. Helena Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of the crash.

Updated 12 p.m.: Wolf was considered a "heading-for-greatness sprint car racing star," according to a post on the Wheels.ca auto racing blog which continues, "Wolf was the 2011 Silver Dollar Speedway sprint-car champion, the youngest driver on record to win the title." http://thestar.blogs.com/autoracing/2012/10/vettel-on-f1-pole-grimsby-racer-eyes-formula-ford-prize.html)

On Calistoga Speedway's Facebook Page, a message of "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tyler Wolf tonight," is posted along with several comments.

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Chris Cleveland October 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I was in attendane photographing the race and I was amazed about how much carnage there was RIP tyler
brad October 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM
god love him
Jay A. Abeytia October 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM
You can run wide open and even turn right if you want to, peace is with you.
Brian Roblow November 09, 2012 at 05:00 AM
God bless your family my uncle passed at elodea and has not left my mind since but I know God wants great people and that's why he chooses angels on earth.Watch over us Wolf we love you bro
John cavejcave1@optusnet.com.au November 16, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Tyler came and raced here in Australia. It was great to see him race and I and many other Ayssie fans were looking to see him race here again. Rest in peace gone but never forgotten John gold coas Australia

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