KENOSHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) – A tragic accident at the Great Lakes Dragaway over the weekend claimed the life of one of the most famous racers there.
Chuck Weck at 66 years old.
This is a shock and a huge loss to family, friends and the wider racing community, not only because of Chuck Weck’s skills but more than that because he is a very kind man. .
Chuck Weck’s daughter says that his racing team, Chicago Smart Boys, and racing friends are his second family. Love for each other.
“He’s always trying his best to make it easier for you,” said Steve Malek, driver of the Chicago Wise Guys.
Steve Malek was at the race on Saturday. He and Weck listened to the National Anthem together.
“And I’ll never forget, he said to me, ‘be safe, baby.’ I said ‘thank you, Chuck, as are you’ and that will be the last time I speak to him,” Malek said.
Ten minutes later, Weck’s late model Corvette trailer hit the concrete wall at 200 miles per hour.
“You’re hearing everything that’s going on and you’re just hearing the announcer Chuck Weck hit the wall. Give us a minute, guys,” Malek said.
At 66, Weck has been in the Chicago Wise Guys longer than most. He’s been a mentor to many people and when this happens, they all come together.
“How many other riders can sneak down there, we’re praying, we’re talking to him, telling him, ‘Come on Chuck, it’s okay, man,'” Malek said. .
The family told us they plan to scatter Weck’s ashes at the racecourse. He told them if something ever happened to him, it was what he wanted.
Funeral arrangements are pending.