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    NASCAR Driver Jason Leffler Killed in Car Crash

    Jason Leffler Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

    NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died Wednesday night after his car crashed into a wall during a dirt-car race in southern New Jersey.

    Per Reuters, the crash happened during a heat race at the Bridgeport Speedway in Logan township, and the 37-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. after being rushed to Crozier Hospital in Chester, Penn., which is just across the Delaware River from the race track.

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    Leffler, who famously emblazoned the nickname "LefTurn" on the window of his race cars, had twice won the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and he spent the later part of his 10-year racing career participating in dirt-car races

    In a statement posted on Twitter, NASCAR expressed its sorrow over the tragic death of the racing pro, who is survived by a 5-year-old son, Charlie Dean.

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

    Doug Stokes said in a statement for Irwindale Speedway: "A good friend of the track, and a great driver, Jason Leffler, passed away from injuries sustained in a racing accident in Bridgeport, New Jersey earlier this evening.  Jason was one of very best, always ready to race, always ready to make friends.  He made a lot of them in his short time among us...Our most sincere condolences to his family and to his many fans."

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