NASCAR spotter Christopher Bradley “Brad” Campbell, 34, of 1650 Little Creek Rd. in Ringgold, died tragically last week.
While working as a spotter for DGM Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last week, Campbell was on his way to the Texas Motor Speedway when he was involved in an automotive accident that took his life.
Campbell has lived his entire life in Ringgold and previously worked in Chatham.
"Today... the world lost an amazing, hilarious and truly kind individual," brother Chad Campbell and friend Melinda Vaughan said in a statement on a GoFundMe page organized by the two. "Brad was in a terrible motor vehicle accident on Saturday morning on his way to the airport for a race. He was cut from his truck and airlifted to the closest hospital."
Doctors tried to operate on Campbell, but the surgeries were not successful.
"Brad fought long and hard for the past five days," Vaughan said. "He was a true warrior."
Hug your loved ones a little tighter today. Brad Campbell was a good dude and a member of our spotting family. Unfortunately he lost his life in a car crash on his way to the plane last week. He’s got a much better view now, keep an eye on us all bud.Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/W36gzW5KHF— Freddie Kraft (@FreddieKraft) July 24, 2020
Brad did most of his NASCAR work at the South Boston Speedway, and was and continued to be celebrated by the local NASCAR community. He is also celebrated by friends and family for being an organ donor.
Brad worked in Pittsylvania County as an EMT for some time, a family member said in a statement. Especially given his young age, Brad's donation could save up to eight lives.
"You couldn’t go more than five minutes in a room with Brad without him getting someone to laugh," Vaughan said. "He was born to help people."