NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died Wednesday night after a crash in a 410 Sprint car race at the Bridgeport Speedway in
Leffler was in second place when his car flipped several times on the straightaway and hit the wall twice. The 37-year-old, nicknamed “lefTurn”, was pronounced dead shortly after 9pm.
Leffler started his career as an open-wheel racer in 1997 where he won three consecutive USAC Midget championships. In 2000, he signed with Joe Gibbs Racing for the Nationwide Series, but after his rookie season, he moved to NASCAR’s Premiere Cup series with Chip Ganassi Racing. He failed to qualify for five of 36 races during the 2001 season, so he moved to the Camping World Truck Series for two years. In 2003, he started back in Cup racing, making 10 starts with Haas CNC Racing. In 2005, he went back to Joe Gibbs Racing when they expanded to a third car, but he didn’t last the season.
From 2006-11 Leffler raced full-time in Nationwide, finishing a career-high third in points in 2007.