Jason Leffler Dies in NASCAR Crash

Sprint car race in New Jersey


Jason Leffler, a versatile driver who won championships in open-wheel divisions and attempted at least one full season in each of NASCAR's three national series, died Wednesday night after a crash in a 410 sprint car race at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.

Leffler, 37, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., the New Jersey State Police said. Sgt. Adam Grossman told USA TODAY Sports that Leffler had to be extricated from the car after striking a wall around 8:30 p.m. He was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.