Family, friends remember teen at S. Indiana racetrack


by Renee Murphy

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 8:40 AM

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) – A Southern Indiana racetrack became a memorial site for a teenager who was beloved by the racing community.

At the Sportsdome Speedway in Clarksville, a hearse was on the oval carrying the body of 17-year-old Skyler Shelton. Shelton's number 20 car followed behind.

“It's just wonderful this is great. He would love it,” Steven Shelton, Skyler’s father, said.

Shelton's father was emotional and his friends said they were proud to know him.

The teen, who loved all things racing, died recently from renal failure.

The Sportsdome was his second home and his fellow racing colleagues let him win one last race.

During the service, his racing family made sure he and his car had a final lap.

“He was the most amazing kid. He taught me so much and he’s taught to many others,” Quenna Gentry, Skyler’s mother, said.

Many who were in attendance at the memorial wore orange and blue T-shirts which were Skyler’s colors.

They reminded themselves of his favorite saying, "sky's the limit"

“He cut up. He laughed. He was as sick as he was he wanted to see UK go to the Final 4. He did it all. He talked about racing,” Gentry said.

“He was something. He was magnificent. I could not have asked for a better kid he was good to his dad,” Shelton said.