NASCAR's Leffler dies after accident in dirt car event

NASCAR's Leffler dies after accident in dirt car event

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JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Jason Leffler, driver of the #38 Great Clips Chevrolet, sits by his car before the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway on September 17, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 13 at 8:54 AM

 SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) -- NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway.
 
   The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who had the nickname "LefTurn" above the driver's side window on his race cars, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

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   After losing his NASCAR ride, Leffler had been racing dirt car events most of this year, including the 410 Sprint Car race Wednesday that promised a $7,000 prize to the winner at the 0.625-mile, high-banked dirt oval. On Sunday, Leffler finished last at Pocono in his lone NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year.
 
   From Long Beach, Calif., Leffler made 423 starts in NASCAR's three national series, but won just the two Nationwide races and one Truck Series event in a career that began in 1999. He also made three IndyCar Series starts, finishing 17th in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

 

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