Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Man killed in in Caldwell County shootout once was NASCAR driver


   John Settlemyre, 67, who died in the shootout with Caldwell County (N.C.) sheriff's deputies, was a former race car driver with some notable achievements to his name.

    Settlemyre was a five-time winner of Late Model Sportsman races at Hickory Motor Speedway, from 1977-81. In 1982, that race series became NASCAR's Nationwide Series, and Settlemyre won the Winston 200 at Hickory; he ran just six Nationwide races that year (five at Hickory) but had four top-10 finishes.

   Read the rest of the story from the Lenoir (N.C.) News-Topic here.


  1. He didn't run any Nationwide races, he ran Busch Grand National series races.

  2. No real stretch there. My guess is that when Tony bag-o-doughnuts Stewart and Kurt Busch (amongst others) start to get around 70 years old....they will see nothing wrong with being involved in a shout-out with police either.