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The NASCAR world was stunned with the news that veteran racer Jason Leffler died Wednesday night after a crash of his sprint car in a non-sanctioned race at Bridgeport (NJ) Speedway.

According to the Associated Press, Leffler, 37, crashed at the 5/8-mile, high-banked dirt track and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. ET. Shortly after that, NASCAR issued a statement.

“NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening. For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed,” the statement read.

Reaction in the racing community on Twitter was swift, as well.

Tagged: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne, Travis Kvapil, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Landon Cassill, Trevor Bayne, James Buescher, Parker Kligerman, Brad Sweet

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