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NASCAR Driver Dies in NJ Crash

Jason Leffler a longtime competitor
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 2:19 AM CDT
NASCAR Driver Dies in New Jersey Crash
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler with the Busch Pole Award in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, July 6, 2007.   (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

(Newser) – NASCAR driver Jason Leffler, 37, died yesterday in a racing crash, CNN reports. Leffler was driving in "Night of Wings," a New Jersey sprint car race not sponsored by NASCAR. His car flipped multiple times and hit a wall twice, a witness tells USA Today. He'd been in second place. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. "For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed," NASCAR said in a statement. (Read more Jason Leffler stories.)

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