Langley Speedway has lost one of its most accomplished drivers in 11-time Modified champion Shawn Balluzzo, who was killed in an accident at the facility on Saturday evening.
“Our hearts are heavy this morning,” Langley Speedway said in a statement. “Driver Shawn Balluzzo passed away following an incident during Saturday night’s Modified feature at Langley Speedway, leaving behind a championship legacy both on and off the track.
He won the hearts of our fans with 11 track championships and a driving style that made him one of the most respected competitors we’ve ever known. The Langley Speedway family grieves at this terrible loss and offers our deepest condolences to his wife Terri and his three children. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this trying time.”
Even in his later years, Balluzzo proved to be nearly unstoppable in Modifieds on any given Saturday night at Langley, as he won three consecutive championships in the division from 2017-2019, the latter of which saw him visit victory lane 16 times.
Balluzzo began his quest for another championship on Saturday by finishing second in the first Modified feature, and was contending for the win in the following event before getting caught up in the accident that would ultimately take his life at the age of 64.
Everyone at RACE22.com extends their deepest sympathies to Balluzzo’s family as they deal with his passing.