Jason Leffler: A Life Too Short
The NASCAR world was stunned with the news that veteran racer Jason Leffler was killed Wednesday night in a crash of his sprint car in a non-sanctioned race at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway.
Leffler, 37, crashed at the 5/8-mile, high-banked dirt track and was transported to a nearby Pennsylvania Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. ET.
A native of Long Beach, Calif., Leffler won three consecutive USAC Midget championships from 1997-99, as well as the USAC Silver Crown title in 1998. Leffler finished 17th in his one and only Indianapolis 500 start in 2000.
In his NASCAR career, Leffler made a total of 423 starts in the sanctioning body’s top three divisions. He has two race victories in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and one more in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In 73 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, his best finish was 10th at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2001.
The entire Shake and Bake crew extends our thoughts and prayers to Leffler’s family and friends, especially his beloved son, Charlie Dean.
Writers have also penned remembrance stories looking back at the life of a true racer. We would like to share a few with you..
• Leffler Remembered As A 'Small Man With A Huge Right Foot' [Indystar]
• Remembering Jason Leffler [Dave Moody]
• Video Tribute By NASCAR [View Here]
An official trust has been established for the late Jason Leffler's son.
The Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust
c/o SunTrust Bank
232 Williamson Road
Mooresville NC 28117
The funeral service for Jason Leffler will be held at 1:00p Wednesday at Grace Covenant Church in Cornelius, North Carolina.