Nascar loses Another
Nascar lost another driver Wednesday, when Jason Leffler, driving in a midget sprint race crashed into a concrete wall and rolled. The race was suspended and there were no "winner celebrations".
When I hear about a driver losing their life in a crash I am taken back to 2001, when Nascar lost one of it's most loved/hated drivers Dale Earnhardt Sr.
It seems a shadow falls for awhile and then life gets back to racing. With all the safety improvements made over the years, you would think these kinds of accidents that result in the loss of a life would be a thing of the past. Sadly, it isn't. What can be done, what will be done remains to be seen as Jason is remembered. This week Nascar travels to Michigan, talk in the garage was overshadowed a bit, drivers reminscing about Jason, those who knew him well.
Tony Stewart, who was very close to Jason and whose racing careers mirrored each others a bit said this:
"Jason Leffler was a great racer and an even better friend, "We raced together a lot, and our career paths were very similar. He loved racing, especially open-wheel racing, and that's a passion we both share. To not have him around to talk about whatever race one of us had just run, or were going to run, will be hard. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his son, Charlie, who Jason loved more than anything." (from USA Today)
Ryan Newman: "Jason and I raced hard together," "We never crashed, or even rubbed wheels. We weren't enemies, but we were never really friends, either. We were competitors. I respected him as much as he respected me. My prayers are for his family. He died doing what he loved. He was a real racer, and he will be missed."
Jeff Burton: "You get people like Jason that lost his opportunity, and he's still racing, giving everything he can to get back where he wanted to be," Burton said on The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "It's important to note he's following a dream. He's doing what he wants to do. He didn't sit back and cry about not having a great ride this year. He went sprint car racing. That's a great quality in a guy and shows how much passion he has about the sport.
"A lot of people think you do it because you make money. No. You do it because you love it, and that's a great example of, he just wanted to race and was putting everything into it, and that's what racers do."
Sums up a life of a man that loved to race. Special decals will be on the cars this weekend honoring Jason.