NASCAR driver dies in wreck at N.J. speedway
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died from injuries sustained in a crash at Bridgeport Speedway Wednesday night.
The fatal crash happened about 8:30 p.m. at the New Jersey speedway. The 37-year-old two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner was competing in a dirt car race at the Swedesboro, Gloucester County, complex.
“NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening,” NASCAR said in statement Wednesday night. “For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed.”
Leffler lived in Long Beach, Calif. He went by the nickname “LefTurn.”
Known for his versatility, Leffler competed for at least one season in all three of NASCAR’s national series after beginning his racing career in open-wheel divisions. He got a start in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.