Multiple news sources are reporting that off-road racer Rick Huseman was in a plane crash yesterday near Barstow, California, that killed he and the two other passengers, among them his brother Jeff.

The small plane was attempting to make an emergency landing at the Barstow/Dagget Airport while returning home on Sunday after attending the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday night.


Huseman began racing in the late ‘90s. In 2009, he earned the Traxxas TORC Series Championship in Pro 4. He backed up that impressive season with the 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Championship in 2010. He was currently in second place in the 2011 Lucas Oil Series. Huseman was also selected as the 2010 Dirt Sports Magazine Driver of the Year.

Huseman was 38 years old.

View a video recapping Rick Huseman’s 2010 season en route to his Dirt Sports award:

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The off-road industry has rallied after the recent off-road racing accident at the California 200. Off-road racer and celebrity Jesse James lends his voice to help generate funds for victims and the families of victims impacted by the accident by donating to FAST-Aid.org, as does well-known desert racers Andy McMillin and BJ Baldwin.

There has been a lot of negative press for off-road racing in general after the recent accident at the MDR California 200, but the off-road industry has rallied after the accident to help raise money for the families of casualties and those injured at the race.

According to Fast Aid, a non-profit agency set up in 2009 to aid injured racers and families affected by off-road accidents, the off-road community has banned together to raise over $107,000 within one week, though they are still working toward a goal of $75,000+ away from reaching their estimated needed to assist those affected by the accident.