The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Sports

June 14, 2013

Anderson Speedway remembers Leffler

New Jersey track crash claims life of Jason Leffler

ANDERSON — Jason Leffler came through Anderson periodically in the late 1990s racing at Anderson Speedway in the United States Auto Club National Midget Series.

Leffler was a driver who showed a lot of promise and hope of having success on the big stages of racing, Anderson Speedway president Rick Dawson said.

But after an accident during a heat race in the 410 Sprints division at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J., took his life Wednesday evening, Leffler lost his shot at finally living up to the potential Dawson saw in him.

“We’ve got a couple racers out here now that you just know are going to go somewhere down the road with just the way they carry themselves, the way they perform,” Dawson said. “Jason was one of those.”

Leffler raced alongside the likes of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne during his days competing in Anderson, and Dawson said that at the time, he saw Leffler as the better, more polished driver.

After winning four USAC championships, Leffler was inducted into the National Midget Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.

He then jumped around on NASCAR’s thee national series, getting a few shots at the Sprint Cup level and winning a Nationwide Series race in 2007, but he returned to the sprint cars as his chance to race as much as he desired.

Yet racing in the sprint cars with an open cockpit and on tracks without the SAFER barriers that have been installed on stock car courses posed an even higher risk to Leffler, one Dawson said is just part of the sport.

“I don’t think it’s going to have any effect because we as track owners and racers and car builders every day strive to make new strides in safety,” Dawson said. “It’s one of those things you know might happen, and when it does, it’s kinda tough to swallow. As long as you know you’ve done everything to prevent it, it’s out of our hands.”

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • Marcum claims Late Model win Morristown driver Jeff Marcum has watched victories in the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models slip away this season, but that changed Saturday at Anderson Speedway.

    July 20, 2014

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0720 - Tennis Classic - JC 1 Hiatt repeats, Hammel wins first title at tennis classic There was a repeat winner and a first-time winner in the Men's A Singles and Women's A Singles championship matches on Saturday morning at the 34th annual Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • SPT - HB0718 - Tennis Classic logo Varsity mixed doubles champs crowned at Tennis Classic The scene slightly resembled a war zone and slightly a country club at Anderson University on Thursday afternoon. As Indianapolis Colts personnel started tearing down tennis court bleachers and parked what appeared to be nearly 100 golf carts in preparation for training camp starting on Thursday next week, one of the first titles was handed out in the Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Champion drivers ready for series opener Saturday at Hoosier Park Harness drivers were turned into handicappers on Thursday and their effectiveness in that role will be determined Saturday night.

    July 17, 2014

  • SPT - HB0717 - Colts Camp Colts set to host ESPN during training camp ESPN is coming to Anderson University. "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" will set up shop on campus during Indianapolis Colts training camp on July 28. Reporter Bob Holtzman and analyst Jeff Saturday, who started 188 games at center for the Colts from 1999 through 2011, are scheduled to be on hand.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ken de la Bastide: Disappointing short track news abounds During the past two weeks, there has been disappointing news coming out of the local short track racing community.

    July 15, 2014

  • NWS - HB0715 - Chuck Pagano Breakfast planned with Pagano

    Local residents will have the opportunity to hear from Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano and to bid on a signed Andrew Luck jersey.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0715 - Mireles art Mireles leaning toward joining Ravens The next big play record-setting running back Sammy Mireles makes could be at Anderson University.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0714 - Riverfield art Riverfield gets revenge in state final For some people the third time is a charm, but for Gene Richardson the seventh time was a charm. The Riverfield Senior Girls Softball coach had made six previous appearances in the state tournament before he broke through with a 9-5 victory over Osolo on Sunday night at Lions Park in Zionsville.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin