INSIDE TRACK: NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Killed at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey

[image] Christopher Taitt

The NASCAR family has suffered another loss on the track. Nationwide driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. Leffler was 37 years old and finished last Sunday at Pocono in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year.

NASCAR issued the following statement on Jason's death: "NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening. For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."

Drivers have gone to social media to react as well:

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ‏@StenhouseJr26m

Still unbelievable this mornin. Prayin for Jason's family and son!! And the racing community!! Great father and racer!! Loved it all!

Kurt Busch ‏@KurtBusch33m

Just woke up & saw the news about @JasonLeffler - can't believe it. #prayers for his family 4 this devastating loss. #rip Jason

Jeff Gordon ‏@JeffGordonWeb1h

Very sad to hear the news of Jason Leffler. He will be missed. Thoughts go out to wife Allison and son Charlie.

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.


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