NASCAR fans mourn Jason Leffler, post condolences on Facebook page


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The NASCAR world is mourning the death of driver Jason Leffler who was killed in a racing accident Wednesday night. The 37-year-old was participating in a heat race at the Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey when an accident occurred around 8:30pm. He was extricated from the car and taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead roughly a half-hour later.

View attachment 2442 Leffler had his best success as a driver for the Nationwide Series with his best season coming in 2007 when he finished third in the points behind Carl Edwards and David Reutimann. In that series, he raced in 294 events, coming home with 107 top ten finishes. He won two races.

His Sprint Cup success was far more limited. He never won a Cup race and had only one top ten finish. That happened at Homestead back in 2001. Overall, he ran in 73 NASCAR Cup events starting in 2001. This season, he had one Cup start which ironically was last week at Pocono when he finished last. As has become the custom for some low budget teams, his ride was a start and park car, starting the race and running just eight laps in order to bring in the prize money for a last place finish.

The Speedway ceased all other races on its oval track for the night following the accident. Fans are posting their condolences on its Facebook page.

The driver leaves behind a son, Charlie Dean Leffler.


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