NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Jason Leffler, has died after an accident in a sprint car on Wednesday night at the Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.
Leffler was involved in an accident while competing in a heat race for the 410 Sprints divisions on the 0.625 mile dirt oval. According to NBC 10 in Philadelphia, Leffler flipped in the track’s front stretch and had to be extricated from his vehicle and taken by Medevac to a local hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after 9:00pm.
Leffler spent most of his career in the NASCAR Nationwide Series running a full scheduled from 2006 to 2011. He had two wins, 42 top fives, and 107 top 10s in the series. He has also ran a total of 73 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including last weekend at Pocono Raceway where he finished 43rd due to engine issues.
“For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed,” NASCAR released in a statement.
He leaves behind a wife and son, Charlie.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Leffler family, his friends, crew and everyone affected by this tragic accident.
Let us hope that NASCAR does something to honor Leffler and show their respects this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.