TOPEKA (WIBW) -- Steven Bowers Sr. of Topeka, passed away Saturday night from injuries sustained in an accident during a race at Thunder Hill Speedway.
During the last lap of a B modified race Bowers was invloved in a wreck around turn one. According to reports from mulitiple witnesses the jaws of life were not present at the time of the wreck.
According to the Jackson County Sheriffs office, Bowers was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Thunder Hill Speedway owner Mike Henry was contacted by WIBW and declined several requests for an interview.
According to Larry Lowrey a fellow racer of Bowers, "The tracks need to wake up more than anybody. Tracks have to be prepared, if we aren't prepared thats part of the circle that will cause the hindrance of all the positive things we can do."
The web site www.inthepits.net has a memorial tribute set up for Bowers, who was well know among Kansas racing circles.
Bowers was 49.
A public viewing will be held from 4 to 9 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Bowers' funeral will be 10 am Friday morning at the church.