One year ago today the NASCAR world lost one of their own when Jason Leffler passed away. Leffler’s death was the result of a tragic accident at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. Leffler may not have been one of the biggest names in the sport but he was liked by many of the drivers in the garage area.
In the weeks following Leffler’s untimely death it was determined that the cause of the fatal crash was the result of the mechanical failure of his front end suspension. The failure of the front end suspension caused the steering wheel to lock which led to the wreck. Upon hitting the wall Leffler’s car rolled before lading upright; the official cause of death was blunt force to the neck.
Leffler raced in the Truck Series, Nationwide Series as well as the Sprint Cup Series. Leffler also ran in a handful of ARCA and Indycar races throughout his career. Despite having never won on the Sprint Cup Series level, Leffler did win in both the Nationwide Series and Truck Series. Below is a quick look at Leffler’s career accomplishments.
- Truck Series – one win, 20 top-five finishes and 35 top-10 finishes in 56 races.
- Nationwide Series – two wins, 42 top-five finishes and 107 top-10 finishes in 294 races.
- Sprint Cup Series – one top-10 finish in 73 career races.
Leffler’s death much like the death of any other driver in the world of NASCAR and Motorsports is an all-too-real reminder of how dangerous the sport can be. While racing across the board has become much safer is recent years, there is still a risk every time a driver takes to the track. As fans we each have drivers that we support and cheer while in the same breath we also have drivers that we cheer and root against. At the end of the day the important thing to remember is that regardless of who we like or do not like; nobody wants to see a driver get hurt or worse.
Next time you find yourself watching a race and rooting for a driver to wreck or hit the wall, just keep in mind what could come as a result of that. Many drivers have been in harder wrecks than Leffler was in and were able to walk away, sometimes you just never know. On this day the staff here at Beyond The Flag would like to ask everyone to remember Jason Leffler and lend your thoughts and well wishes to the Leffler family.