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    Wow, sad to hear about this incident this morning

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    NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died from injuries suffered when his car slammed into the wall of a dirt raceway in New Jersey, state police said.

    He was 37.

    The crash occurred during a race at the Bridgeport Speedway in Logan township in southern New Jersey, near Philadelphia, state police spokesman Sergeant Adam Grossman said.

    Leffler, 37, of Huntersville, North Carolina, was rushed to the Crozier Hospital in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m., police said.

    Leffler had to be extricated from his car. He was reportedly unconscious after the accident happened and had suffered major injuries. Leffler was transported by helicopter to Crozer-Chester Medical Center.



    It sounds like a very high speed dirt track

    "The raceway calls itself the "Fastest Dirt Track in the East." It consists of a spacious 5/8-mile high-banked dirt oval, where average speeds reach well over 100 miles per hour, according to the track's website."


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    He was running in second place in the first heat race of the program at the 0.625-mile, high-banked dirt oval when his car flipped several times on the front straightaway, according to eyewitness Chris Taitt, 40, of West Deptford, N.J. Taitt said Leffler's car hit the wall twice and "then it was flopping all over."



    I believe this is the type of car he was in
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    Apparently 800+ hp 410 cu in V8s capable of 140 mph
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    An interesting thing about those cars is the seating position. You sit like on a bar stool and step on pedals below you. Look where the engine is.

    Probably a lot more than 140mph if it weren't for those pesky turns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    An interesting thing about those cars is the seating position. You sit like on a bar stool and step on pedals below you. Look where the engine is.
    Yup. The Focus sprint I used at Corey Kruseman's school had some genuinely odd pedals. The gas pedal had a "trap" a bit like a racing bicycle pedal, with a piece of bar stock that goes over your right foot. The brake pedal was equally odd. You pushed it forward with the either tip of your shoe, or if you could lift your toes properly, the ball of your foot.

    Those cars are so small, my knees were rubbing the steering rack, too. Fine for a few laps alone in a school, but not something someone my size could race safely.

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    Oh yeah, the bar over the gas pedal is a GOOD THING. You want to be able to close the throttle if the throttle spring breaks.
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