Donny Ray Crawford killed at his home.

By Roberta Cowan On Sat, Jan. 14, 2012

The Chili Bowl has experienced a tragedy. In an off track domestic incident, Chili Bowl competitor Donny Ray Crawford who was locked in to the H main for today’s competition, was shot and killed along with his grandfather at his home last night.

A third person, an adult woman was also injured in the shooting. She was able to talk when emergency workers arrived and she was reported to have said, “”I don’t want to lose my son”

Wagoner County Sheriff Bob Colbert said the shooting appears to be the result of a family disturbance.

“It’s too early to say why it happened,” he said, adding that there is no reason for the community to feel at risk.

“It appears to be a family thing,” he said.

It has been reported that tonight’s A-Main will be extended to 55 laps in honor of Crawford.

The race community here in Tulsa is saddened and shocked by the occurrence. The thoughts and prayers from all of the staff at Speedway Media go out to the family, friends and fans of Donny Ray Crawford.

Roberta Cowan (144 Posts)

I am a racing Legacy. My father was track champion at our local track many times. I made my first trip to victory lane when I was 6 days old. I have done some racing myself and have won some modified races on asphalt and dirt. I have a master's degree in nursing and graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia.


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  1. Debbie says:

    That was very sad news to hear before the day got started. He will surely be missed by many. Sad to lose them when they are so young. Thoughts and prays go out to his family

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