Five Dead in Small Plane Crash, Including Husband of NASCAR Official

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR says the husband of a top executive and one of its pilots were among five people killed in a small plane crash in Sanford, Florida.

Doctor Bruce Kennedy was a Daytona Beach plastic surgeon and husband of NASCAR official Lesa France Kennedy. Also killed was Michael Klemm, a pilot with NASCAR Aviation.

Kennedy is president of International Speedway Corporation, which owns or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports facilities, including Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

An adult and two children in homes set ablaze when the plane crashed were also killed. Three others were injured. A firefighter was also hurt, though not seriously.

The crash comes on the heels on of the death of former NASCAR chairman Bill France Junior. He died June fourth at his Daytona Beach home. He was 74.

Lesa France Kennedy is France's daughter.

A look at recent air crashes that have affected NASCAR

October 24, 2004:A plane owned by the Hendrick Motorsports organization crashes on its way to a NASCAR race, killing all 10 people aboard, including the son, brother and two nieces of the owner of one of auto racing's most successful teams.

April 19, 2002: NASCAR team owner Jack Roush is critically injured after crashing a small plane into a pond about 100 miles from Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

July 13, 1993: Davey Allison, NASCAR driver, dies the day after a helicopter he was piloting crashed on the infield at Talladega Superspeedway.

April 1, 1993: Alan Kulwicki, NASCAR's 1992 champion, dies in a crash in Blountville, Tenn. Investigators concluded the accident occurred due to ice.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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