Jason Leffler has died after a racing accident at Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway. He was just 37.
By Shake and Bake Crew
Jason Leffler: September 16, 1975 - June 12, 2013
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.