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Driver Dies From Injuries Sustained in Crash at Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, Ohio – September 10, 2016 – Dirt Late Model racer Shane Unger died Saturday night at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, Ohio, where he was transported following a multi-car crash at Eldora Speedway.

Unger, a DIRTcar Racing member from Rossburg, Ohio, was 35 years old.

During a late restart in the second heat race at the DIRTcar-sanctioned World 100, Unger was involved in a multi-car crash in Turn 3 of the half-mile oval. Emergency crews quickly attended to Unger and placed him in an ambulance to transport him to the hospital.

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.

Darke County Coroners Office is leading the investigation.

There will be a service held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Jeff Harper officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peters Cemetery, Webster, Ohio.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 4-8 PM at the funeral home.

Shane had so many race fans the family asks that visitors dress casual with their favorite race shirt on.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to a fund for Lexi and Owen. Condolences for the family may be expressed through

UPDATE, 9/14:

Official donation information for the family of Dirt Late Model driver Shane Unger, who passed away Saturday night from injuries suffered in a multi-car accident, is now available.

Race fans from across the country have been requesting how they can offer the family financial assistance during this time of need.

Donations may be made online, by mail and credit card through the Tony Stewart Foundation, a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit registered with the IRS. 100% of donations made “In Memory of Shane Unger” will be directed to his family.

Online: visit, click the “DONATE NOW” button, select “in memory of” from the Tribute Type pull down menu and enter “Shane Unger” in the Tribute Information field.

By Mail: Note checks or money orders “In memory of Shane Unger” and mail to

The Tony Stewart Foundation
438 Southpoint Circle
Brownsburg, INDIANA 46112-2203

By Phone: Call (317) 299-6066 to make credit card donations by phone.

Envelopes for donations direct to the family will also be available at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville, Ohio, at the visitation tonight (Wednesday, September 14) from 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and again at the service tomorrow (Thursday, September 15) at 10:30 a.m.

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