Arlo Becker, the legendary stock car driver, and promoter, died on Monday after a tractor he was driving overturned and pinned him to the ground. The Benton County Sheriff's Departments says the accident happened around 2:40 p.m. in rural Shellsburg.

Officials say that Becker was driving the tractor up a steep grade when it overturned. Another passenger on the tractor was not injured. Becker was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 79 years old.

If you watched or followed racing in Eastern Iowa you know who Arlo Becker was. Becker was one of the central figures in the creation of the IMCA Modified class. He collected 51 IMCA wins from 1979 through 2005 and was the first IMCA Modified Champion. But perhaps even more importantly, Becker traveled the Midwest spreading the IMCA class to tracks outside of Iowa.

Friends and family members agreed Monday, that if there was a Mt. Rushmore of Iowa racing, Arlo Becker would be on it.

 

[via KCRG, Gazette]