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Baer Field: Crash killed Blaine Miller, Jeff Shelmadine

Statement as issued Thursday by the Speedway.

Baer Field Speedway is saddened to announce the tragic deaths of Championship car owner Blaine Miller and his grandson, 2009 Front Wheel Drive Champion Jeff Shelmadine.

As the founder and an employee with Blaine Miller Road Service, the two were assisting a broken-down semi on I-69, when the truck they were working on was hit by another semi.

Miller was a well-established car owner for drivers such as Dave Bice, Steve Christman, Bobby Blount, Brian Ross, "Chargin' Charlie" Glotzbach and many others. Miller himself took to the wheel of a Front Wheel Drive in 2009 and won a Feature and set a track record. This season, his cars had recorded eight Street Stock Feature wins at three different tracks. As a rookie, Jeff Shelmadine won the 2009 Front Wheel Drive Track Championship and was runner-up in 2010 to his teammate Bobby Smith. Jeff collected five wins and 11 fast qualifier awards during his three-year career in the class. This season, Shelmadine had won four-straight Street Stock Features at the Angola Motorsports Speedway and was runner-up in the Street Stock Feature at Baer Field last Saturday night.

Our thoughts and prayers are with daughter and mother Pam and the entire Miller team and their families.

Baer Field Speedway will announce details for a memorial and services as they become available.

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