Leffler dies after accident in dirt car event - WKRN News 2

Leffler dies after accident in dirt car event

Posted:
Photo courtesy of JasonLeffler.com Photo courtesy of JasonLeffler.com

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (AP) - 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, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

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

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 at the 0.625-mile, high-banked dirt oval. On Sunday, Leffler finished last at Pocono in his lone NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year.

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.

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 Sprint Cup Series 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.

Leffler is survived by 5-year-old son Charlie Dean.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Robin Williams' Instagram photos give glimpse into personal life

    Robin Williams' Instagram photos give glimpse into personal life

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-08-12 18:16:53 GMT
    Before social media came along, celebrities like Robin Williams kept many of their personal photos out of the public's eye. But these days, celebrities use sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, to stay connected with their family, friends and fans.More >>
    Before social media came along, celebrities like Robin Williams kept many of their personal photos out of the public's eye. But these days, celebrities use sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, to stay connected with their family, friends and fans.
    More >>
  • Disney employee, former officer, among 132 arrested in online child sex sting

    Disney employee, former officer, among 132 arrested in online child sex sting

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 9:58 PM EDT2014-08-06 01:58:15 GMT
    Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says the suspects arrested ranged in ages from their 20's to their 70's.
    A Disney Animal Kingdom employee and a former law enforcement office are among 132 people arrested in "Operation Cyber Vigilance" a recent online sting targeting people who use the internet to make arrangements to have sex with children.More >>
    A Disney Animal Kingdom employee and a former law enforcement office are among 132 people arrested in "Operation Cyber Vigilance" a recent online sting targeting people who use the internet to make arrangements to have sex with children.More >>
  • TN Student Gets Suspension For "Bless You" In Class

    TN Student Gets Suspension For "Bless You" In Class

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:38:13 GMT
    (CNN) - When many people sneeze, it's instinctive for others to respond by offering a "bless you" in the person's direction. That gesture got a Tennessee student kicked out of class this week after violating a classroom rule. When high school senior Kendra Turner said, “bless you,” to a classmate who sneezed, she said that her teacher told that kind of comment was for church. When Turner stood up for herself, Turner said that she was told to go to the administrator's office and given in-sc...More >>
    (CNN) - When many people sneeze, it's instinctive for others to respond by offering a "bless you" in the person's direction. That gesture got a Tennessee student kicked out of class this week after violating a classroom rule. When high school senior Kendra Turner said, “bless you,” to a classmate who sneezed, she said that her teacher told that kind of comment was for church. When Turner stood up for herself, Turner said that she was told to go to the administrator's office and given in-sc...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210

Telephone: 615.369.7222
Fax: 615.369.7329
Email: news@wkrn.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Nashville, LLC. A Media General Company.