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Local Racers Mourn Loss Of NASCAR Driver

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Local racers are remembering NASCAR driver Jason Leffler after he was killed in a crash at a speedway in New Jersey Wednesday night.

"Jason Leffler was a perfect gentleman in his prime, young, determined racer," said Tony Formosa Jr. who runs the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and met Leffler a few years back.

The 37-yeay-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 Wednesday night shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

"It (death) is something that we all think about and if we didn't we wouldn't be human. I was just fortunate enough to be able to survive the crashes that I did," Formosa added. 

Bridgeport Speedway immediately suspended racing for the rest of the night after Leffler's accident at the 0.625-mile, high-banked dirt oval.

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.

On Sunday, Leffler finished last at Pocono in his lone NASCAR Sprint Cup start of the year. He ran just eight laps in a start-and-park ride.

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