Sports world reacts to Leffler's death
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.
Still unbelievable this mornin. Prayin for Jason's family and son!! And the racing community!! Great father and racer!! Loved it all!— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) June 13, 2013
Very sad to hear the news of Jason Leffler. He will be missed. Thoughts go out to wife Allison and son Charlie.— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) June 13, 2013
Jason & I flew together this past weekend to Pocono. We talked sprint cars, cup cars and Charlie Dean. He loved racing & he loved his son!— Kasey Kahne (@kaseykahne) June 13, 2013
Really sad for Jason Leffler and his family. Thinking about his little boy... ðŸ˜•ðŸ˜“— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) June 13, 2013
Absolutely crushed when I think of little Charlie Leffler tonight. Godspeed Jason Leffler!— Aric Almirola (@aric_almirola) June 13, 2013
Nuestras condolencias para la familia de #RIPJasonLeffler y especialmente su hijo!— Juan Pablo Montoya (@jpmontoya) June 13, 2013
My funniest Jason Leffler memory was watching him become a human-puck on a shuffle board table... Always a good time! #LEFturn— James Buescher (@JamesBuescher) June 13, 2013
So sad. RIP #LefTurn— Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) June 13, 2013
Lost a good guy tonight in Jason Leffler. Prayers with your family!.— Bobby Labonte (@Bobby_Labonte) June 13, 2013
I'm completely devastated to hear a bout Jason Leffler. It doesn't seem real. Pray for his family tonight— Trevor Bayne (@Tbayne21) June 13, 2013
Had a great talk with him just the other day. We reminded each other why we love racing and do what we do. He was family. #lefturn— landon cassill (@landoncassill) June 13, 2013
Such sad news tonight. Leffler was a great person and even better dad. I am glad I got to know him. Rest in peace #LEFturn— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) June 13, 2013
Racing is unfair sometimes....Rest in peace Lefturn!— Nelson Piquet Jr. (@NelsonPiquet) June 13, 2013
Prayers go out to @ jasonleffler and his family, as well as his amazing little boy. Too nice of a guy to be taken from this world so young.— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) June 13, 2013
Please say a prayer for Jason Leffler and his family, we lost him in a sprint car race tonight. Jason was a great father,husband&driver. RIP— Jeff Hammond (@HollywoodJeff) June 13, 2013
I'm crushed by the news of my friend @ jasonleffler. It's very sad and I feel so bad for his son, Charlie Dean.— Andy Graves (@AndyJGraves) June 13, 2013
Makes you sick to your stomach when you hear about something like this. Unbelievable. Praying for his family.— Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22) June 13, 2013