Swedesboro, NJ - NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway.
The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who had the nickname "LefTurn" above the driver's side window on his race cars, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 Wednesday night, according to New Jersey State Police.
After losing his NASCAR ride, Leffler had been racing dirt car events most of this year, including the 410 Sprint Car race Wednesday that promised a $7,000 prize to the winner. This past Sunday, Leffler had made his first Sprint Cup start of this season on the big circuit, but was forced out after just eight laps with transmission problems and finished last.
From Long Beach, Calif., Leffler made 423 starts in NASCAR's three national series, winning two Nationwide races and one Truck Series event in a career that began in 1999. He also made three IndyCar Series starts, finishing 17th in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.