By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NHRA announcer Bob Unkefer has passed away. He was 68.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. His family said that he died at 12:05 am CST this morning.
“At 12:05 this morning, Bob joined his mother Dorothy and his father Cliff as he got the green light to cross the finish line one more time,” a Facebook post said. “These last few days he was surrounded by family, faith, and love. And naturally, the Royals and the races from Vegas and Houston because he would not have had it any other way. His wife Michelle, son Greg, daughter Whitney, and sisters Chris and Marcia are here to carry his legacy forward.
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“Bob was called home far too quickly. However, [he] was pain-free, and with so very much love. On Saturday night, Bob watched the service that was held in his honor from Houston and watched #burnoutsforbob from across the country for the better part of an hour. Sunday, he listened to the races and Royals baseball throughout the day until his battle was called to a close.”
A celebration of life will be held for Bob at a later date. #BurnoutsforBob is a grassroots initiative to show burnouts for Unkefer, as he was fighting his battle.
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According to his LinkedIn page, he was an NHRA announcer from 1992 through 2006. He was also a drag racing and motorsports announcer since January 1989.
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