If bad news comes in threes, we don't want to know when the other shoe will drop. Shortly following the news of Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon's death yesterday comes the equally sad development that off-road racer Rick Huseman was killed when the small aircraft in which he was flying crashed near Barstow, California. Huseman, 38, was the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 Unlimited Series champion just last year.

As if the tragedy weren't enough for the Huseman family to absorb, reports indicate that Rick's brother Jeff was also killed in the crash alongside an as-yet unidentified pilot.

According to Fox affiliate WPMT, the 38-year-old Toyota driver and his brother were flying back from Las Vegas (oddly where Wheldon was killed the same day) when their Beech 33 Bonanza airplane crashed into a canyon while attempting to make an emergency landing. The crash is under investigation.

Our condolences go out to the Huseman family and friends, as we hope this is the last such bit of bad news we have to report to you for a long time.


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      hpmustang1
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a sad time for all race fans. The tragic death of a race driver doing what he lives for is one thing. To die because of someone's elses negligence or mechanical failure is even worse. The world War hero Audie Murphy cheated death many times then died as a passenger in a small plane. a tragic loss for all. May God help the surviving families get through these terrible time.
      achubb1234
      • 3 Years Ago
      Live today like it's your last.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      this news counted for 2 since Huseman's brother, Jeff, also was a racer sad weekend for racing, no matter what kind you follow Rest In Peace
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        Crap, I meant to give you an upvote.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Why am I getting downvotes? I accidentally downvoted him when I wanted to upvote him. It's a common problem with AB's mobile website.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          WOW! The silent trolls are out today.
      equus428
      • 3 Years Ago
      A truely great man,racer,husband, and father will be missed.My prayers go out to his family.
      Hashiryu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn. How much bad news do you get in one day? RIP, it has to be hard to lose 2 sons...
      Debbie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Comes in threes?? Other shoe to drop? How many three legged people are there
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prayers for his family. I honestly think small aircraft kill more racecar drivers than racecars do.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        It's sad, but very true. The most recent being Colin McCrae. There's also Alan Kulwicki, who was on his way to being one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. In that same year, Davey Allison lost his life piloting a small helicopter. But it goes beyond race car drivers. Many legendary musicians have lost their lives in small aircraft crashes. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper are probably the most memorable, with the last 3 on the same flight.
      Andy
      • 3 Years Ago
      "If bad news comes in threes, we don't want to know when the other shoe will drop." This has been a bad week all around in motorsports.