NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Dies After Horrific Wreck in Sprint Car Race

By Joseph Wolkin

Jason Leffler, 37, has passed away due to severe injuries suffered during a sprint car race in Swedesboro, NJ. Police have confirmed to NBC Philadelphia that Leffler was killed in the wreck. There is no word as of what injuries occurred.

There are a few reports claiming that Leffler went into cardiac arrest immediately after the wreck occurred. He was taken to the Cooper Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 10:30 P.M. Once fans saw an image of the wreck, most knew that the chances of survival for the NASCAR driver were quite low.

Leffler was entered in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono just this past weekend. He start-and-parked a car for Humphrey-Smith Motorsports which evidently was his last start in NASCAR. Leffler had 73 Sprint Cup Series starts, 294 Nationwide Series starts and 56 Camping World Truck Series starts since he began his NASCAR career in 1999.

Most fans know Leffler for his days with Braun Racing in the Nationwide Series driving the No. 38 car throughout the mid-late 2000’s. Leffler had three career NASCAR wins and was one of the most recognizable personalities in the NASCAR garage. Throughout his career, he raced in NASCAR, IZOD INDY Car Series, ARCA Series and sprint car series across the country. He also had 18 national championships while driving midget cars.

When he was laid off from Turner Motorsports at the end of the 2011 season, he landed a part-time ride with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series for 2012. That deal didn’t work out which led Leffler to run more sprint car races as a result. The race, which he was killed in, was just one of many he’s run this year. He was enjoying his life just as it ended. He’s the first notable race car driver to pass away since Dan Wheldon’s fatal wreck in the Izod IndyCar World Championship at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. More news on Leffler’s death will come as it is heard. He is survived by wife Alison and son Charlie.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.

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