COPY-5 dead in small plane crash, including husband of NASCAR official

Associated Press - July 10, 2007 1:34 PM ET

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR says the husband of a top executive and 1 of its pilots were among five people killed in a small plane crash in Sanford.

Doctor Bruce Kennedy was a Daytona Beach plastic surgeon and husband of NASCAR official Lesa France Kennedy. Also killed was Michael Klemm, a pilot with NASCAR Aviation. Kennedy is president of International Speedway Corporation, which owns or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports facilities, including Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

An adult and two children in homes set ablaze when the plane crashed were also killed. Three others were injured. A firefighter was also hurt, though not seriously.

The crash comes on the heels on of the death of former NASCAR chairman Bill France Junior. He died June fourth at his Daytona Beach home. He was 74.

Lesa France Kennedy is France's daughter.

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