NASCAR driver Jason Leffler dies in crash

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:44 a.m. CDT

SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) — NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway on Wednesday night.

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.

“NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening,” NASCAR said in a statement. “For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed.”

Bridgeport Speedway immediately suspended racing for the rest of the night after Leffler’s accident at the 0.625-mile, high-banked dirt oval.

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