No doubt about it, Jason Leffler loved to race. And Leffler went out doing what he loved — racing. In case you haven’t heard, Leffler was pronounced death at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night after being involved in a wreck during a sprint car race at the Bridgeport Speedway dirt track in New Jersey. His death was attributed to a blunt force neck injury.
Leffler, 37, never met a type of race car he didn’t like. Over the years he raced everything from USAC Midgets to NASCAR stock cars to IndyCar racers.
Leffler shined as a USAC racer, claiming three-consecutive USAC Midget championships between 1997 and 1999. It was from there that the California-born driver entered the NASCAR world.
Leffler competed in all three of NASCAR’s national levels — Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck. In the Nationwide Series, he was victorious two times, posting wins at Nashville (Ten.) Superspeedway and Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis (formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park and O’Reilly Raceway Park). His final win in the series was the win in Indianapolis in 2007. He was a long-time driver for Braun Racing that eventually became Turner Scott Motorsports in the Nationwide Series.
Leffler also tasted victory in the Camping World Truck Series, winning at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in 2003. He was last a regular in the Truck Series early in the 2012 season, driving the No. 18 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
”NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening. For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed,” a statement from NASCAR read.
Leffler raced in the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and also competed at NASCAR’s top level at Indy, running the Brickyard 400 in 2001, 2003 and 2005.
“We are very saddened at the passing of Jason Leffler,” IMS COO Doug Boles said. “He was one of the most versatile race drivers in America, showing his talent by competing int he Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. Jason was a terrific guy who always had time for everyone. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his entire family, team and fans.”
Leffler is survivied by a son, Charlie.
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