LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Sprint driver Justin Owen of Harrison, Ohio, has died from injuries sustained when his car crashed during a race in southeast Indiana, the US Auto Club announced.

Owen’s car hit the outside wall and flipped multiple times in the third turn in a qualifying race Saturday night for the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lawrenceburg Speedway, USAC said.

USAC canceled the remainder of the event after the accident.

The 26-year-old Owen was the reigning track champion at Lawrenceburg Speedway with two standout wins and the title in 2022, USAC said. It was Owen’s first crown at the 3/8-mile dirt oval where he’s competed in the sprint division for the past several seasons.

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Among his major accomplishments was a win at the season-closing Dick Gaines Memorial during his Lawrenceburg championship season in 2022, USAC said.

In 2019, Owen had three wins, in the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series at Pennsylvania’s Lernerville Speedway, his second win in the event after one in 2016; at Paragon Speedway in Indiana; and at the Night of Champions event in Lawrenceburg.

With USAC, Owen made two notable starts, both at Lawrenceburg, in 2019 and 2021.