NASCAR Driver Jason Lefler Dies in Dirt Track Race
NASCAR driver Jason Lefler
SWEDESBORO, N.J.- Veteran NASCAR driver Jason Lefler died after crashing in a sprint car event Wednesday night at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.
According to police, Lefler had to be cut out of his vehicle, and was taken by ambulance to a local trauma center, where he later died from his injuries. Bridgeport Speedway immediately suspended racing for the rest of the night after the accident occurred.
Nascar confirmed the death in a statement: "NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Lefler who passed away earlier this evening. For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and will be missed."
Lefler was running in second place in the first heat race of the program at the 5/8th mile, high banked dirt oval when his car flipped several times on the front straightaway.
Jason Lefler, a two-time winner of the Nationwide Series, was 37, and leaves behind a 5-year-old son, Charlie.