Jeff Gordon’s driving instructor killed in Tennessee crash


A retired school principal from Indiana that served as driver’s education teacher for four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon was killed along with his wife on Monday in a car accident in Tennessee.

Per the Associated Press, Larry Sparks, 78, and Jackie Sparks, 77, died after their recreational vehicle went off Interstate 75 near Jellico, Tennessee and hit a tree.

Fox 59 in Indianapolis also reports that Larry and Jackie’s daughter, Debbie, sustained injuries in the accident and needed to be airlifted to a hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The trio were on their way back home after watching Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway, in which Gordon finished second.

Larry was a teacher and principal at Tri-West High School outside Indianapolis, while Jackie was a retired elementary school teacher. Debbie is also a teacher as well.

Upon hearing the news, Gordon expressed his sorrow on social media and called Larry one of his biggest fans. Embedded in his postings on both Twitter and Facebook are pictures of the two at a Jeff Gordon fan club event.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sparks’ family and friends at this time.