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Driver Shane Unger Dies in Multi-Car Crash at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway

A driver died in a wreck at an Ohio race track Saturday, an official with Eldora Speedway in Rossburg said.

Dirt Late Model racer Shane Unger, 35, was involved in a muti-car crash on a turn in the half-mile oval, and was pronounced dead after being rushed to Mercer County Community Hospital, the raceway said in a statement.

ELDORA: Prelude to the Dream
FILE - A general view of the track during the Gillette Young Guns Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway on September 9, 2009 in Rossburg, Ohio. Chris Graythen / Getty Images

The crash happened during a late restart in the second heat race at the World 100, the statement said.

"The Unger family has conveyed their appreciation of the prayers and support expressed by the racing community and requests their privacy be respected at this time,” the statement said.

The track is owned by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who was racing at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night.

A team spokesman said after the race that Stewart had not been informed of the driver's death, the Associated Press reported.