NASCAR Racer Jason Leffler Killed After Horrific Sprint Car Crash (UPDATED)

NASCAR driver Jason Leffler was gravely injured in a horrific Sprint Car crash at Bridgeport Speedway this evening. He was extricated from his car and reportedly died of his injuries once he reached the hospital. Our thoughts are with the Leffler family.

Leffler was involved in a terrible accident at Bridgeport Speedway in NJ, his car totally demolished. He was taken via helicopter to Cooper Trauma Center where he died of his injuries. It's unclear what caused the accident at this time, but it is reported that the NJ State Police are launching an investigation into the crash.

Leffler was 37 years old and a veteran of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. He ran 72 races in Sprint Cup over 9 years, with one pole. He also ran 12 years in Nationwide with two wins, and participated in the 2000 Indy 500.

NASCAR released the following statement on Leffler's passing:

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 is survived by his son, Charlie. Rest in peace.

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