CALIF. (May 2, 2003) -
Funeral arrangements have been released by Steve & Jeanne Bagley for
his parents Paul & Helen Bagley, who tragically lost their lives last
Saturday night in a sprint car racing accident at the Perris Auto Speedway.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 4, at Lesneski Mortuary (640 S. El
Camino Real) in San Clemente from 12 noon until 8 p.m.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at the El
Toro Memorial Park (25751 Trabuco Road) in Lake Forest, Calif.
The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
be made to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum (P.O. Box 542,
Knoxville, Iowa 50138) in their names. Paul had
served on the board of directors of the non-profit motorsports museum foundation
since 1996, while Helen, his wife of more than fifty years, had also been very
giving of her talents as a volunteer at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Together they served as great ambassadors for traditional sprint car racing and
the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum.
74, and Helen, 72, had been extremely active in sprint car racing throughout
their lives, despite losing their son Jeff in a sprint car racing accident at
the Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif., in 1989.
From 1989 through '98, they annually presented the Jeff Bagley Memorial
Award to an individual who carried on Jeff’s ‘racer’ spirit.
The permanent award is housed in the Knoxville, Iowa-based museum.
In recent years, through the cooperation of Jim Naylor at Ventura Raceway
and Ron Shuman of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA), the Jeff Bagley
Classic was initiated as an annual memorial race honoring the 1988 California
Racing Association (CRA) rookie-of-the-year. This year's Jeff Bagley
Classic is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, at Ventura and the Bagley family will
be represented by Jeff's widow, Doreen McGrady, and her family.