Nascar loses Another

Jason Leffler Remembered

6/15/13 in NASCAR   |   JenX63   |   32616 respect

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. 
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6/16/13   |   JenX63   |   32616 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
These quote by Kasey Kahne tops anything, anyone has said about Jason Leffler IMO all week:

“I think Jason was a really good friend of mine. It’s really just unbelievable to see that going on. Just watching social media throughout the night, kind of seeing where it was going and then to know that he had passed was heartbreaking. It was really tough. For myself I just to this point I’ve thought more about…I’ve known him since ’99. We did a lot together. At Indianapolis and then as he moved to Charlotte I followed him down to Charlotte not long after. He was a guy…he was a big part of me getting to drive for Steve Lewis. Jason and I became friends so that was a big part of my career was driving for Steve and we went on that way. He was always calling and trying to help me drive those midgets and do whatever he could because he was so good in them. I just think about that. I think about over the last couple of years the time I’ve spent with him, whether it’s in the winter time and we are enjoying ourselves or at the track. Last weekend we traveled together. He was in a great place. He was super excited this week he was running four out of five nights in his sprint car for a guy in Pennsylvania who gave him great equipment and a great opportunity. He was loving it. He was at our shop Monday morning working out; he had Charlie (his son) with him and was working on something’s for his sprint car and stuff. See him and talk to him it’s just unreal that he is not with us anymore. Freak things happen. It was just a tough wreck the way it all happened. I don’t know as far as our teams go I talked to all of them yesterday. We do as much as we can with sprint cars with the safety with trying to have the best seats just to contain you left, right, shoulders so all of our cars have that. All of our drivers do and just keep as fresh of parts in the cars as you can. Things still happen its racing. It’s basically anything we do, anyone of us does each day it can happen. I just feel for his family and his son.”


 

Somehow I missed these when I was writing this article. I heard his name mentioned now and then when he raced in a cup race. It shows, imo, that although he wasn't a "big name" he had many friends, and he really had a love of racing. Thank you for sharing them.

6/16/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

These quote by Kasey Kahne tops anything, anyone has said about Jason Leffler IMO all week:

“I think Jason was a really good friend of mine. It’s really just unbelievable to see that going on. Just watching social media throughout the night, kind of seeing where it was going and then to know that he had passed was heartbreaking. It was really tough. For myself I just to this point I’ve thought more about…I’ve known him since ’99. We did a lot together. At Indianapolis and then as he moved to Charlotte I followed him down to Charlotte not long after. He was a guy…he was a big part of me getting to drive for Steve Lewis. Jason and I became friends so that was a big part of my career was driving for Steve and we went on that way. He was always calling and trying to help me drive those midgets and do whatever he could because he was so good in them. I just think about that. I think about over the last couple of years the time I’ve spent with him, whether it’s in the winter time and we are enjoying ourselves or at the track. Last weekend we traveled together. He was in a great place. He was super excited this week he was running four out of five nights in his sprint car for a guy in Pennsylvania who gave him great equipment and a great opportunity. He was loving it. He was at our shop Monday morning working out; he had Charlie (his son) with him and was working on something’s for his sprint car and stuff. See him and talk to him it’s just unreal that he is not with us anymore. Freak things happen. It was just a tough wreck the way it all happened. I don’t know as far as our teams go I talked to all of them yesterday. We do as much as we can with sprint cars with the safety with trying to have the best seats just to contain you left, right, shoulders so all of our cars have that. All of our drivers do and just keep as fresh of parts in the cars as you can. Things still happen its racing. It’s basically anything we do, anyone of us does each day it can happen. I just feel for his family and his son.”


 

6/15/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Well, let's hope that changes soon. 

Exactly!!! Nothing more important than safety!!

6/15/13   |   JenX63   |   32616 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Unfortunately the safety features the main events and tracks have aren't available at the smaller tracks or in the lesser series. 

Well, let's hope that changes soon. 

6/15/13   |   Debi_L   |   11845 respect

Unfortunately the safety features the main events and tracks have aren't available at the smaller tracks or in the lesser series.