While racing at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey on Wednesday night, two-time Nationwide Series winner Jason Leffler wrecked his Sprint Car, flipping the vehicle on the track’s front stretch. Leffler was in second place during the race at the 5/8-mile dirt track when the crash happened, described by one witness as “his car was flopping all over.” Leffler was air-lifted from the track to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead a few minutes after 9:00 p.m.
The details of the crash are still unknown, but something went technically wrong with Leffler’s car in Turn 4 of a 410 sprint car heat race, which caused him to collide with the wall head-on. All of the remaining scheduled races for Wednesday night at Bridgeport were postponed due to the tragedy.
Leffler was unconscious as he was extricated from the wrecked car on the track and although he wasn’t pronounced dead until after 9:00 p.m., it’s believed he died during the actual crash while he car was flipping on the track around 8:30 p.m.
Leffler was a native of Long Beach, Calif., and leaves behind a five-year-old son named Charlie. The thoughts and prayers of the Rant Sports family go out to Leffler’s friends and loved ones. He was 37 years old.