NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Dies From Injuries Sustained From Brutal Sprint Car Accident
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Veteran NASCAR racer Jason Leffler died Wednesday night, succumbing from injuries caused during a sprint car race at Bridgeport Speedway. He was 37.
The Long Beach, CA native competed in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, the two largest arms of NASCAR stock car racing. He had been racing in NASCAR since 1999, when he joined the Joe Gibbs Racing Team in the Busch Series (later Nationwide). 2000 was Leffler’s breakout year, in which he took his first pole position at the Albertsons 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, and finished in the top 10 for the first time in Myrtle Beach. He finished top 5 at the Kroger 200 at Indianapolis, and also ran in the Indy 500; he moved onto the Winston Cup Series (now Sprint Cup) the following year.
Even after the different series underwent name changes, Leffler stuck with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series throughout the years, and even raced in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Autoblog reports that Leffler had been racing sprint cars this year, and his car flipped along the straightaway at Bridgeport, where it then slammed into a wall. He was airlifted to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. USA Today reports that blunt force trauma to the neck sustained when his car collided with the wall is the official cause of death.
It’s been a difficult week in the world of racing, as news of Leffler’s death comes just days after a marshal tending to the cleanup of Esteban Gutiérrez’ F1 car in Canada was struck and killed by a recovery vehicle. As with the marshal, whose name has not yet been disclosed, we give our condolences to Jason Leffler’s friends and family.