Yahoo! Sports is reporting that NASCAR driver Jason Leffler has passed away this evening from injuries he sustained in a Sprint Car race tonight.
Leffler was competing at Bridgeport Speedway for the “Night of Wings” event. He was driving down the front stretch when he flipped over (according to eyewitness accounts) and was extracted from the car while on board. He was then air lifted from the track to a nearby hospital.
The New Jersey state police announced that Leffler died from the injuries sustain in the crash. He was pronounced dead at 9:02 P.M. this evening.
At thirty-seven years of age, Leffler has had a career full of ups and downs. Recently he has been racing in the Nationwide Series for the last few seasons. He began last season as the driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series.
His last NASCAR race was this past weekend at Pocono Raceway driving the No. 19 Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series. Normal driver, Mike Bliss, was in Iowa where he was competing for Nationwide Series points in his Tri-Star Motorsports entry.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Leffler’s family and friends and with those who are deeply affected by this tragedy.