After a long battle with prostate cancer, Gregory “Greg” Earl Stephens took the checkered flag, passing away peacefully in his sleep at 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, September 26th in Avon, Ind. He was 72.
Affectionately known as “The Captain,” Stephens was born on November 12,, 1948 and graduated from Taylorville High School in 1966, before attending Parks College in Cahokia, Ill.
His passion for racing, resulted in him leaving the Sabreliner Corporation in 1986 to enter the video production industry, chasing motorsports events all over the country, including the USA Sprints and the World of Outlaws, under his company MotorSport Video. Most of Stephens’ time was spent covering the World of Outlaws tour, before they were purchased in 2004.
Post-World of Outlaws, Stephens remained staple in the motorsports video production industry in producing/directing shows and camera operating up until 2020. His nearly four-decade career in the industry paved the way for generations of videographers covering motorsports events, not to mention set the baseline for today’s streaming video market in the industry.
In 2019, Stephens was rewarded for his contributions to the sprint car community when he was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Ia.
Stephens is survived by his children Miranda “Mindy” Stephens, Avon, Ind., Nicklaus Stephens, Mooresville, N.C., and Shannon (Heather) Stephens, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; brother David Stephens, Taylorville, Ill., sister Yvonne Roberts, Taylorville, Ill.; aunts Janet Chamness, Nancy Sautelet, and Joyce Snyder; along with nieces, nephews, and cousins.
His parents Eloise and Jack Stephens, aunt and uncle Mary Lou and Bob Millman, and other immediate family members preceded him in death.
There will be four celebrations of life, with the first in his hometown of Taylorville, Ill., at the Loyal Order of Moose, Saturday, October 9th from noon-4 p.m., where he was a member. The remaining celebrations will take place in the Indianapolis area the following week, Charlotte, N.C.-area first week of November, and the final during the 2022 Knoxville Nationals in Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in his honor, https://www.sprintcarhof.com/pages/donate-online.aspx.