Dallen McKenney of Clovis – diagnosed with leukemia last summer, just two years after a near-fatal sprint car accident that ended his racing career – died Sunday at age 42.
A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Clovis Hills Community Church.
Mr. McKenney started racing in motocross before a severe accident led him to switch to mini sprints and finally sprint cars.
"If you didn't break a bone every season, you weren't trying hard enough," McKenney told The Bee in a 2003 story on his switch from motocross to USAC Midgets.
Mr. McKenney was hospitalized and in a coma for five weeks after an open-wheel sprint-car accident Sept. 20, 2008, at Madera Speedway. He soon retired from racing but remained involved in the sport, setting up cars for his sons, Dustyn and Carson.