Driver Who Died During Race Honored in Grain Valley

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A driver who died in a racing accident was honored in Grain Valley on Wednesday. Some say Jeff Osborn's death highlights the dangers of racing, but his widow said her husband's death was an accident.

Jeff Osborn has been described as kind-hearted and the kind of guy who would help anyone who needed it. And organizers thought Wednesday night's special AFS National Points Race at the track where he died was the best way to remember him.

Before Wednesday night's special race, a wreath was laid in honor of a man who had racing in his blood according to his widow.

"Our first date was at the race track," said Tina Osborn.  "That's something I wanted to go see."

Osborn was from Savannah, Missouri. He had been racing since he was 16-years-old. Fellow driver Randy Hubbs was a good friend of Osborn. He says the sport won't be the same now that Jeff is gone.

"My heart is heavy," Hubbs said. "All we know to do is go out there and race and be better racers and better friends."

Authorities say on that fateful night, Jeff lost control and hit a pole. It's something Tina Osborn says could have happened to any of the racers. That's why despite it being a little difficult being back at the track where her husband died, Tina came out to support him.

"They're more like family than friends," Osborn said. "I want to be here to support because I know it's just as hard for them to be out here knowing what happened."

Tina says she's confident her husband took all the precautions and that his death was just a freak accident. Driver Danny Lasoski agrees.

"You're actually safer in this car than in you are in a car going down the road," Lasoski said.

He took time to show FOX 4 the safety features on his car and says he even looks forward to the day his young son will be a driver.

FOX 4 talked to Jeff Osborn's son who wants to follow in his father's footsteps and race. Tina says she doesn't want her husband's death to keep their son from following his dream.

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