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Friends, family honor crash victim at memorial race

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Friends and family celebrate the life of a man killed by a suicidal wrong-way driver. 

Douglas Menegos, 49, died when Trista Stier drove the wrong way on State Route 67 and crashed head on into his truck back in June.

Because he and his family had so many memories at the Del Mar race track, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club dedicated a race to him.

"Today's a great day to celebrate Doug's memory."

With smiles on their faces and a boisterous cheer during each race, this may not look like your typical memorial. But it's exactly what Doug Menegos would have wanted.

"This is a celebration. It's not a day to be somber because this is what he liked to do. This was his element. He loved doing this. He was very good at it," Doug's brother, Nick Menegos said. 

He was among several people who gathered at the Del Mar race track Saturday, where the fifth race was named in his honor.

Doug not only grew up going to the track but he also worked here. It's also where he met his wife Lisa.

His niece, Casey Johnson said, "He met my aunt with my mom...he proposed to her here and he took his family here every summer."

Just this past June, Doug was killed in a head-on crash while driving home from work along SR-67.

Investigators say the driver who hit him, 29-year-old Trista Stier of Jamul, was going the wrong way on purpose because she was suicidal.

Both died on impact.

"It's a roller coaster of highs and lows. Sad he's gone, but happy for the memories of who he was," Nick said. 

And who he was is exactly what's here Saturday -- family, friends and making memories at the track.

"We've talked before about having a race named after him and how cool it would be. So it's bittersweet today, it really is," said Nick. 

"There could not be a better way to honor such a great man. This is where his home is. He loved it here and I'm sure he's smiling down on all of us today," Casey said. 

The Menegos family is still trying to raise money following their loss, if you'd like to help, click here>>.  

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