NJ authorities investigate fatal dirt track crash

  • Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:38 a.m.
Driver Jason Leffler at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Leffler died after an accident Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway. The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said. (AP FILE PHOTO)
Driver Jason Leffler at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Leffler died after an accident Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway. The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey State Police are trying to determine the cause of a dirt track crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler.

Leffler died after the crash at southern New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway on Wednesday.


A spectator, Chris Taitt, says he was at the race but looking the other way when the crash occurred. He says Leffler had been in second place, apart from other cars when his car slammed into a wall at a turn. He says the wing on the car was “flattened like a pancake,” and the seat appeared to be displaced.

Many drivers, owners and sponsors in NASCAR are remembering Leffler as a loving father to his 5-year-old son, an open person and a versatile driver.

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