NASCAR driver Jason Leffler dead after dirt-track crash Wednesday night
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on June 12, 2013 at 10:01 PM, updated June 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident tonight at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey, according to multiple reports.
ABC 6 WPVI reports the 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series, crashed at roughly 8:30 p.m. eastern and was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. The Associated Press confirmed the time of death with the New Jersey State Police.
A witness at the scene told NJ.com, Leffler was in Turn 4 of a qualifying race when he flipped several times down the front straightaway.
Bridgeport Speedway is a 5/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval.
NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that Leffler had to be pulled from his vehicle and was taken by medevac to Cooper Trauma Center where he later died from his injuries.
NASCAR released this statement:
"NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening. For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."
Leffler finished last Sunday at Pocono in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year.