Bobby East

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Bobby East was a professional stock car racing driver from the United States. Moreover, Bobby East competed in NASCAR, ARCA, and USAC racing. He engaged in Ford’s driver development program while working for the latter two of those companies.

Early Life

Robert John East best known as Bobby East was born on the 17th of December, 1984, in Torrance, California, the United States of America. At the time of his death, he was 37 years old and holds American nationality.

Moreover, he believes in Christianity by religion and he has a birth sign of Sagittarius. In addition, he is the son of Bob East and his mother’s name is unknown at the moment. Professionally, his father is a renowned short-track car builder of midgets, sprints, and silver crown machines.

Likewise, there is not much information regarding his parents, siblings, and early life. Looking at his career, he might have been well raised as a child by his parents.

Education

Talking about his academic career, this late stock car racing driver has not shared his academic qualification in public. We can presume that this man might have completed his graduation from a well-known university in America.

Death

On July 13, 2022, he was shot and killed at the 76 gas station in Westminster, California, following a heated argument with an unknown assailant. When Trent Millsap approached him while he was filling up his car, they exchanged words.

East was stabbed in the chest by Millsap, and after being taken to the hospital, he passed away from his injuries. Later, it was discovered that Millsap was hiding at an apartment in nearby Anaheim while arrested for a parole violation. In a shootout with the Orange County police, he was killed.

Professional Career

Bobby East was involved in racing at an early age. He was the youngest driver, at the age of 16, to win a feature event at the Illiana Motor Speedway in Schererville, Indiana’s USAC National Midget race in 2001.

When he won the USAC National Midget Series in 2004, his success only grew. His father built the chassis for the Steve Lewis Racing Number 9 that he was driving. During the 2004 USAC season, he won 15 competitions throughout the three categories of the series.

He brought home wins in the Silver Crown, Western States Sprint Car, and Speedrome Regional Midget Series in addition to winning seven national midgets, five national sprint cars, and one of each.

He won both the Turkey Night Grand Prix and the Hut Hundred. After a successful season, he switched to stock car racing. At first, he was disqualified from two of the three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events.

He operated the Number 33 Ford of Roush Racing. After damaging his car in Phoenix, where he qualified, he placed 30th overall. At the Homestead season-finale, where he raced the Number 21 for Wood Brothers/JTG Racing, he likewise failed to qualify.

At Talladega in 2005, he made his ARCA Re/Max Series debut. He raced for K Automotive Racing in the Number 29 Ford. At Memphis in 2005, he made his NASCAR Busch Series debut. He placed 17th while driving Number 46 for ST Motorsports.

In terms of points, he placed 23rd in 2006. He returns to the Truck Series in 2008 after competing with Baker Curb Racing in 2007. Moreover, he drove the Number 09 Zaxby’s Ford F-150 to victory in the race at IRP after rejoining Roush.

He was the Copper World Classic champion in 2008. His final attempt in NASCAR took place in the Carl Edwards Cup Series Nationwide Series when he was unable to qualify for the race. He did not race in the top division during his final years.

Awards

As a professional stock car racing driver, he has earned several achievements and awards. He earned the 2004 USAC Driver of the Year, 2004 Belleville Midget Nationals Winner, 2008 Copper World Classic Winner, 2004 USAC National Midget Series Champion, 2012 USAC Silver Crown Series Champion, and 2013 USAC Silver Crown Series Champion.

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Caption: Bobby East with his trophy and medal (Source: WRTV)

Net Worth

At the time of his death, his net worth was estimated around $2 million and has not revealed his salary and income.

Relationship Status

Bobby was a married man. In 2019, he married Natasha Zulu. With the marriage, the couple shared a son whose name is unknown. Not much is known about his family at the moment.

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Caption: Bobby East with his wife, Natasha Zulu (Source: Us Weekly)

During his life, he was not a part of controversy nor got into any kind of rumors.

Bobby East – Body Measurements

This late professional stock car racing driver stands 6 feet and weighs around 71 kg. Likewise, he has black eyes with black hair color and there is no other information regarding his other body stats.

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Caption: Bobby East posing for a photo (Source: racetrackmasters.com)

Bobby East – Social Media

This man is no more in this world. So, this late-stock car racing driver is not active on any kind of social media such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.