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#1 OFFLINE   fluffybear

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:44 AM

From WSB:

 

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway.

The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

Bridgeport Speedway is a 5/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval.

 

 


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:48 AM

It is a wonder that more don't get seriously hurt or killed in those cars. Man they really have some violent end over end and barrel rolls in those races all the time, usually more than one per race.

I feel bad for his wife and son for sure.


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:50 AM

From Fox Sports:

 

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway.

The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who had the nickname ''LefTurn'' above the driver's side window on his race cars, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

After losing his NASCAR ride, Leffler had been racing dirt car events most of this year, including the 410 Sprint Car race Wednesday that promised a $7,000 prize to the winner. On Sunday, Leffler finished last at Pocono in his lone NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year. He ran just eight laps in a start-and-park ride.

From Long Beach, Calif., Leffler made 423 starts in NASCAR's three national series, but won just the two Nationwide races and one Truck Series event in a career that began in 1999. He also made three IndyCar Series starts, finishing 17th in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway called Leffler ''one of the most versatile race drivers in America, showing his talent by competing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during his career.''

''He also displayed the skills that would help him reach the top levels of the sport by winning four USAC national series titles while winning on tracks throughout the Midwest,'' the statement said.

Leffler's last full NASCAR season was 2011, when he ran the entire Nationwide schedule for Turner Motorsports. He finished sixth in the standings that season and hadn't had a steady NASCAR ride since.

Although he never made it at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level, Leffler ran almost the entire 2001 season for Chip Ganassi Racing and ran 19 races in 2005 for Joe Gibbs Racing in the car now driven by Denny Hamlin.

 


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:11 AM

It is a wonder that more don't get seriously hurt or killed in those cars. Man they really have some violent end over end and barrel rolls in those races all the time, usually more than one per race.

I feel bad for his wife and son for sure.

he was a single father.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 05:38 AM

I wish I could say he was the first to die in a sprint car ... even this year. It would be better to say that he will be the last to die but I can't say that either.

As a nationally known driver his death will bring more attention to the hazards of the sprint car level of racing. I'm not sure what will or can be done to lessen the dangers. Unfortunately wrecking is part of racing and it is all part of the show until someone dies.

Best wishes to Charlie.
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