Rick Eshelman Dead Or Alive? What Happened To Rick Eshelman St Louis World of Outlaws Announcer Has Died Rick Eshelman, the longtime announcer of The World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series was found dead on Saturday, his Son, Derrick Eshelman, announced via a post on Facebook. A 61-year-old from Michigan who’s motorsports announcing career has lasted for 43 years, Eshelman was last heard from early on Thursday morning as his hotel was evacuated in Paducah, Ky. He was headed to this weekend’s DIRTcar Fall Nationals at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway after the WoO’s cancellation on Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., and Senoia (Ga.) Raceway
Rick Eshelman Dead Or Alive
However, Eshelman did not show up to the race, prompting friends and family to reach out to racers for assistance in locating the man. It is with deep sadness that I have to let you all know that I appreciate every last one of you with all my heart, but my father Ricky Arthur Eshelman has taken his life and is hopefully no longer in any pain,” Derrick Eshelman, Rick’s sole child, wrote on Facebook. “The last thing I ever got to say to you is, ‘I love you, dad,’ and for that I am forever grateful.”
Derrick stated his father’s deep admiration for all those involved in the sport, and said “he loved how much he made you all laugh and smile.” Derrick was well-known throughout his part of the Dirt Late Model landscape, particularly for his role as the voice for the WoO tour in two separate long stints, both lasting for a while after the series’ revival in 2004 and as well for his involvement in the pits at racetracks, as well as working with the track’s official officials.
Eshelman was a child of Flat Rock (Mich.) Speedway in Michigan, where, after being a scorer, the race he first announced in 1979. In the following year, He announced his first race the race at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway before becoming a part of in the Air Force. He continued to announce on more than 200 track, and received an award for his skills which included an award in 2012 for the Tom Carnegie Announcer of the Year Award from the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club and the recent acceptance into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame.
“It is with great sadness and shock to know we lost our brother Rick Eshelman,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said in a press announcement. “Please send prayers to his family, his World of Outlaws and DIRTcar family and his many friends across the country. Eshelman was a resident of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla. and was married to his girlfriend, Melissa Browning Carmichael.