Jason Leffler, NASCAR Driver, Dies In Crash

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler has died of injuries sustained in a crash, police in NJ have confirmed.

Initial reports about Jason Leffler’s fatal accident are just trickling in, but SI.com reports that the 37-year-old NASCAR racer was airlifted to a local hospital in New Jersey following the accident, saying:

“Leffler was involved in an accident while competing in a heat race in the 410 Sprints division at the Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway’s 0.625-mile dirt oval. The remainder of the racing scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed because of the accident.”

SportingNews.com reports that Leffler was involved in the accident earlier this evening and pronounced dead shortly after 9 PM.

According to the site, the NASCAR racer had a good year and strong career in motorsport, and they explain:

“Leffler, 37, had 73 career Cup starts, including one last week for Humphrey Smith Racing at Pocono. He finished 10th in the 2001 season finale driving for Chip Ganassi Racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His one pole came earlier that year at Kansas.”

Eyewitness Christopher Taitt tweeted the above image and, at 9:08, posted about Leffler’s fatal accident, saying over on the microblogging service:

From the track and clearly upset by what he had witnessed, Taitt continues:

He later retweeted:

Regarding what may have precipitated Jason Leffler’s fatal crash, the witness said:

Fellow NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski tweeted:

He then tweeted and retweeted:

Jason Leffler was taken by medevac to Cooper Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:02.