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Driver, 20, Loses Life in Calistoga Speedway Crash

Updated: A 75th Anniversary race turned tragic at Calistoga Speedway Saturday night when sprint car driver Tyler Wolf was fatally injured after crashing head-on into the raceway wall. The Napa County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

A 20-year-old sprint car driver lost his life during an Open 360 Commemorative Race at Calistoga Speedway Saturday evening.

The driver, identified as 20-year-old Tyler Wolf, of Redding, was participating in the race Saturday night and was coming out of a turn according to Calistoga Fire Department staff who were present at the race.

Wolf apparently lost control of his sprint car and crashed head-on into the wall that borders the racetrack. He sustained major head injuries as a result of the crash, according to the Calistoga Fire Department.

Wolf was taken by ground ambulance to nearby St. Helena Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of the crash.

Updated 12 p.m.: Wolf was considered a "heading-for-greatness sprint car racing star," according to a post on the Wheels.ca auto racing blog which continues, "Wolf was the 2011 Silver Dollar Speedway sprint-car champion, the youngest driver on record to win the title." http://thestar.blogs.com/autoracing/2012/10/vettel-on-f1-pole-grimsby-racer-eyes-formula-ford-prize.html)

On Calistoga Speedway's Facebook Page, a message of "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tyler Wolf tonight," is posted along with several comments.

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robert perkins October 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
was at the track and have been for over 20 yeara and it was the most violent one car wreck i have ever seen at the track. just remember last year being in las vegas when dan wheldon died. october racea have not been kind. sad sad sad
Jennifer Zinda October 28, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I was there and it was so sad to see. My hearts goes out to all family and friends for this tragic loss. You are all in my prayers
Tom Davidson October 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I love autoracing, but it can be a brutal sport. RIP, Tyler, and Godspeed.
Tom Davidson October 28, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Ah, yes, October races - caused me to pause and remember Greg Moore at Fontana on Hallloween in 1999. Words can't explain how empty I felt- it's like every ounce of joy was ripped from my core. You gotta love what those guys do for our enjoyment. God Bless them.
sarah keiser October 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
To ALL the Wolf family members, Our hearts and prayers will go out to ya all,Tyler was such a great guy and racer. with love and sincere-- the Keiser Family--San jose,ca
John Loudermilk October 28, 2012 at 09:45 PM
RIP Tyler Wolf
Stan stroud October 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Watched Tyler race for ten years as a outlaw driver one of the best kids I have ever met in my life our prayers go out to chuck and the wolf family he will be very missed by all
robert battles October 29, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Rip Tyler thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends you will be missed
mark pettersen October 29, 2012 at 01:17 AM
wow. what a sad bit of news. Seemed like a really neat kid (have not talked to him simnce he was in Outlaw Karts) My condolences to his family and team, I cannot even imagine losing a child, but almost did once. Tyler was taken too early, but went out doing what he loved. Heaven got another good one., and as hard as it is for everyone left behind, the angels are rejoicing! . Mark Pettersen, Pettersen Motorsports Chico
Kandi Davis October 29, 2012 at 02:11 AM
our prayers go out to his family, we have watched him race in Chico....there are no words
Desiree October 29, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Prayers to the family
Chris Cleveland October 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I was in attendane photographing the race and I was amazed about how much carnage there was RIP tyler
brad October 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM
god love him
Jay A. Abeytia October 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM
You can run wide open and even turn right if you want to, peace is with you.
Brian Roblow November 09, 2012 at 05:00 AM
God bless your family my uncle passed at elodea and has not left my mind since but I know God wants great people and that's why he chooses angels on earth.Watch over us Wolf we love you bro
John cavejcave1@optusnet.com.au November 16, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Tyler came and raced here in Australia. It was great to see him race and I and many other Ayssie fans were looking to see him race here again. Rest in peace gone but never forgotten John gold coas Australia

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