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(Sports Illustrated) NewsFlash NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jason Leffler killed in dirt track crash   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) divider line 89
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2013-06-12 11:09:36 PM  
Sad to hear, Jason was a pretty good driver who more often than not got caught up in other people's problems.

Godspeed Jason, you're racing with the legends now.
 
2013-06-12 11:10:09 PM  
Awww damnit!

He was pretty cool.
 
2013-06-12 11:11:11 PM  
f*ck

/RIP, Jason
//green flag, son
 
2013-06-12 11:13:20 PM  
Posted this over in TFD before I noticed this one:

farking racing. Love the sport, hate how quick the sport can lose a really good person because of it.  I got to interview Leffler once at Martinsville, dude answered every question everyone had, and then talked about how kids for another 10 minutes on top of it.  The sport lost a good one tonight.
 
2013-06-12 11:16:05 PM  
pbs.twimg.com

Now that is heartbreaking..
 
2013-06-12 11:18:14 PM  
NASCAR is one of those things I never understood, but it sucks to see someone talented die too soon.

Thoughts are with his family and friends.
 
2013-06-12 11:21:20 PM  
Never heard of him, don't give two shiats about NASCAR, but damn that sucks.
 
2013-06-12 11:21:50 PM  
Godspeed left turning man.

/has a sad
 
2013-06-12 11:24:51 PM  
What happened with him? On a dirt track?
 
2013-06-12 11:27:00 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: What happened with him? On a dirt track?


Huge wreck in a sprint car race on the front stretch. The track is .625 long, so the cars get a ton of speed off the high banked corners.  Apparently he died on the way to the hospital.
 
2013-06-12 11:28:10 PM  
 
2013-06-12 11:28:38 PM  
pbs.twimg.com
That's what's left of his car.
 
2013-06-12 11:29:07 PM  
 Igor Jakovsky What happened with him? On a dirt track?

There's a few Cup drivers-Tony Stewart comes to mind, who have an "anywhere anytime" attitude to racing.
 
2013-06-12 11:30:05 PM  
I always hoped he would get back with Metallica.
 
2013-06-12 11:31:10 PM  

Shadow Blasko: [pbs.twimg.com image 600x900]

Now that is heartbreaking..


Dammit...Shadow...why.

/Fly The Checkers At Half Staff
 
2013-06-12 11:31:23 PM  

cretinbob: Never heard of him, don't give two shiats about NASCAR, but damn that sucks.


Better than me, a race thread regular, saying "who?"
 
2013-06-12 11:32:09 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Shadow Blasko: [pbs.twimg.com image 600x900]

Now that is heartbreaking..

Dammit...Shadow...why.

/Fly The Checkers At Half Staff


Sorry.. Didn't mean to get it more dusty than it already was in here.
 
2013-06-12 11:32:54 PM  
Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?   

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)
 
2013-06-12 11:34:13 PM  

Third Day Mark: Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?   

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)


410.
 
2013-06-12 11:35:21 PM  

Go Fast Turn Left: Third Day Mark: Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?   

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)

410.


Those damn things *fly*.   Do you know the details of how the crash occurred?
 
2013-06-12 11:36:42 PM  

Third Day Mark: Go Fast Turn Left: Third Day Mark: Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?   

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)

410.

Those damn things *fly*.   Do you know the details of how the crash occurred?


From what I've gathered, the wreck was on the front stretch.  Bridgeport is a .625 high banked track, so if they were on the throttle when the wreck occurred, it was probably a pretty violent crash.
 
2013-06-12 11:38:44 PM  
So tragic. Always sad to see a racer go. Felt the shock when I saw "killed" right after his name on my phone notifications. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

Sprint cars regularly have gnarly wrecks, so it had to have been something really, really bad.
 
2013-06-12 11:39:24 PM  

Third Day Mark: Go Fast Turn Left: Third Day Mark: Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?   

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)

410.

Those damn things *fly*.   Do you know the details of how the crash occurred?


Witnesses say something went wrong with the right front as he came off the 4th turn, it dug in and he filpped repeatedly down the front strech.  He was running second in his heat race at the time of the accident.  Met him in 2000 when he ran Indy, heck of a guy.

RIP
 
2013-06-12 11:41:46 PM  

Third Day Mark: Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?   

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)


Hopefully to make that picture a little less sad, if possible, but from what I can see, that picture was taken at Charlotte, not tonight.
 
2013-06-12 11:44:02 PM  

zixr: Third Day Mark: Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?   

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)

Hopefully to make that picture a little less sad, if possible, but from what I can see, that picture was taken at Charlotte, not tonight.


Yeah, its one from his tumbler. It was not taken tonight
 
2013-06-12 11:48:14 PM  
Those 410s are death waiting to happen. Remember when Leffler got the first few years with the 11 under JGR? Must've had some good money from that, should've just bought a handful of rental properties and lived out a middle class life upon a forced retirement in his 30s. Guess he wasn't built for that.
 
2013-06-12 11:51:08 PM  

the biggest redneck here: Those 410s are death waiting to happen. Remember when Leffler got the first few years with the 11 under JGR? Must've had some good money from that, should've just bought a handful of rental properties and lived out a middle class life upon a forced retirement in his 30s. Guess he wasn't built for that.


You know how some of the guys who came from dirt racing are: If there's a race, and there's free time, they're going racing.  Tony Stewart said he'll run 70+ races a year, usually pulling both the Cup race and a sprint car race once a week. Leffler was one of those guys.
 
2013-06-12 11:52:53 PM  
Looking at the picture it looks like the cage is intact, but the seatmount came undone; it seems to be leaning out of the driver's cutout.

Not a big name, but huge respect to the guy to keep doing what he loved, even after his dreams of the big time fell away.  Hope that his family will be taken care of.
 
2013-06-13 12:01:51 AM  

Go Fast Turn Left: Igor Jakovsky: What happened with him? On a dirt track?

Huge wreck in a sprint car race on the front stretch. The track is .625 long, so the cars get a ton of speed off the high banked corners.  Apparently he died on the way to the hospital.


That's a much larger track than what these guys usually run. Very sad.
 
2013-06-13 12:04:06 AM  
From Long Beach, Calif., Leffler made 423 starts in NASCAR's three national series, but won just the two Nationwide races and one Truck Series event in a career that began in 1999. He also made three IndyCar Series starts, finishing 17th in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

"Just" accomplishing those feats are really huge.  This was the first I read of this tragedy and it pissed me off to no end.  So, fark you NBC10 in Philly.  And RIP Jason Leffler and condolences to his family.
 
2013-06-13 12:05:57 AM  
He lost his full time ride in the regular touring series so he was making a go doing whatever events he could.  Sorry to see these tragic events happen, but unfortunatly with as far as safety has advanced, you can't protect against everything.  The car looks fairly intact, is there a neck restraint in these type cars or is it optional?  Intact roll cage or not, if your head isn't secured, a violent motion can cause neck fractures that lead to near certain death.
 
2013-06-13 12:06:08 AM  

cretinbob: Never heard of him, don't give two shiats about NASCAR, but damn that sucks.


You'll get no hate from me. Everybody knows the score every time they strap it on. Still sucks when it happens.
 
2013-06-13 12:07:13 AM  
That is awful
 
2013-06-13 12:17:05 AM  
Since Lefler died, 734 people have died on our streets and highways. I didn't know them either.
 
2013-06-13 12:20:11 AM  

Kurohone: Looking at the picture it looks like the cage is intact, but the seatmount came undone; it seems to be leaning out of the driver's cutout.

Not a big name, but huge respect to the guy to keep doing what he loved, even after his dreams of the big time fell away.  Hope that his family will be taken care of.


The seat damage might be from the extrication.

It's a shame. I remember his name from the Truck series.
 
2013-06-13 12:37:05 AM  
Some nobody race car driver dies and that's a newsflash?  Sorry for his family and stuff, but this isn't breaking news.  It's Weds.
 
2013-06-13 12:43:45 AM  

bigpeeler: Since Lefler died, 734 people have died on our streets and highways. I didn't know them either.



So brave.
 
2013-06-13 12:46:18 AM  

davidphogan: Some nobody race car driver dies and that's a newsflash?  Sorry for his family and stuff, but this isn't breaking news.  It's Weds.


I apologize.  He wasn't a nobody, he was just a NASCAR driver who hadn't really made a name for himself by not winning many races.  I'm sure someone will correct why he was an important racer who couldn't win races and why I should care more than any other random fool dying soon.
 
2013-06-13 12:49:43 AM  

davidphogan: davidphogan: Some nobody race car driver dies and that's a newsflash?  Sorry for his family and stuff, but this isn't breaking news.  It's Weds.

I apologize.  He wasn't a nobody, he was just a NASCAR driver who hadn't really made a name for himself by not winning many races.  I'm sure someone will correct why he was an important racer who couldn't win races and why I should care more than any other random fool dying soon.



Let me guess...next you're going to tell us your Olympic boxing record and about how your Little League career was cut short by a crowbar in the back.
 
jde
2013-06-13 12:58:23 AM  

Third Day Mark: Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)


You can see "Charlotte" on the press box/suites in the background.
 
2013-06-13 01:03:11 AM  

babysealclubber: Let me guess...next you're going to tell us your Olympic boxing record and about how your Little League career was cut short by a crowbar in the back.


No, this seems more like giving a newsflash to Tebow getting signed by the Patriots.  For people who are into the sport it's kind of newsy, but it's sure as fark not a newsflash
 
2013-06-13 01:06:44 AM  

davidphogan: babysealclubber: Let me guess...next you're going to tell us your Olympic boxing record and about how your Little League career was cut short by a crowbar in the back.

No, this seems more like giving a newsflash to Tebow getting signed by the Patriots.  For people who are into the sport it's kind of newsy, but it's sure as fark not a newsflash


Somebody died on the field of play. How often does that happen in your pussy ass sport?
 
2013-06-13 01:19:16 AM  

MFAWG: davidphogan: babysealclubber: Let me guess...next you're going to tell us your Olympic boxing record and about how your Little League career was cut short by a crowbar in the back.

No, this seems more like giving a newsflash to Tebow getting signed by the Patriots.  For people who are into the sport it's kind of newsy, but it's sure as fark not a newsflash

Somebody died on the field of play. How often does that happen in your pussy ass sport?


I don't remember Dan Wheldon getting his own newsflash for his death.  Or Junior Seau.  Clint Malarchuk sure didn't get one, but that's only cause Fark didn't exist yet.
 
2013-06-13 01:21:38 AM  

davidphogan: MFAWG: davidphogan: babysealclubber: Let me guess...next you're going to tell us your Olympic boxing record and about how your Little League career was cut short by a crowbar in the back.

No, this seems more like giving a newsflash to Tebow getting signed by the Patriots.  For people who are into the sport it's kind of newsy, but it's sure as fark not a newsflash

Somebody died on the field of play. How often does that happen in your pussy ass sport?

I don't remember Dan Wheldon getting his own newsflash for his death.  Or Junior Seau.  Clint Malarchuk sure didn't get one, but that's only cause Fark didn't exist yet.


I was in the Dan Wheldon thread. You can pretty much go back to whatever rock you crawled out from under.
 
2013-06-13 01:22:56 AM  

MFAWG: I was in the Dan Wheldon thread. You can pretty much go back to whatever rock you crawled out from under.


He got a newsflash?  I thought it was a followup to the race thread I was following?
 
2013-06-13 01:26:36 AM  
I see there's some bitter hateful assholes out in force tonight.  If that picture with his son doesn't make you choke up, make you wanna go hug your kids and tell your family you love them, you suck as a person.
 
2013-06-13 01:29:26 AM  

davidphogan: MFAWG: I was in the Dan Wheldon thread. You can pretty much go back to whatever rock you crawled out from under.

He got a newsflash?  I thought it was a followup to the race thread I was following?


Didn't need one. If you'd followed the thread, you'd know why. Dumbass. Go back to following college boy farking or professional drug taking or whatever the fark it is you you like.
 
2013-06-13 01:29:55 AM  

davidphogan: babysealclubber: Let me guess...next you're going to tell us your Olympic boxing record and about how your Little League career was cut short by a crowbar in the back.

No, this seems more like giving a newsflash to Tebow getting signed by the Patriots.  For people who are into the sport it's kind of newsy, but it's sure as fark not a newsflash


Dear Leffler Family,

Though your loved one's death is definitely bad, in the grand scheme of things, it's not worthy of a newsflash tag on the news aggregate site that I frequent.

Hope the summer's going well otherwise!

Regards,
davidphogan
 
2013-06-13 01:31:03 AM  

MFAWG: I was in the Dan Wheldon thread. You can pretty much go back to whatever rock you crawled out from under.


Sorry, just news.  Not newsflash, unless I missed something.

vegaswench: I see there's some bitter hateful assholes out in force tonight.  If that picture with his son doesn't make you choke up, make you wanna go hug your kids and tell your family you love them, you suck as a person.


I feel bad for his family and friends, and even his fans, but a newsflash for a guy who won two NASCAR races in his life?  I'm sure it's sad for lots of people, but lots of people die every day.  They're not all newsflashes.
 
2013-06-13 01:34:12 AM  

Billy Crystal Meth Lab: Dear Leffler Family,


Oh, I'm sorry.  I didn't realize he was a Farker.
 
2013-06-13 01:35:07 AM  

davidphogan: MFAWG: I was in the Dan Wheldon thread. You can pretty much go back to whatever rock you crawled out from under.

Sorry, just news.  Not newsflash, unless I missed something.

vegaswench: I see there's some bitter hateful assholes out in force tonight.  If that picture with his son doesn't make you choke up, make you wanna go hug your kids and tell your family you love them, you suck as a person.

I feel bad for his family and friends, and even his fans, but a newsflash for a guy who won two NASCAR races in his life?  I'm sure it's sad for lots of people, but lots of people die every day.  They're not all newsflashes.


Well, it just made the local news in Seattle. Evidently, professional journalists who are paid to decide what's 'news' and what's not disagree.

So, that's that. and fark you very much.
 
2013-06-13 01:35:44 AM  

davidphogan: Billy Crystal Meth Lab: Dear Leffler Family,

Oh, I'm sorry.  I didn't realize he was a Farker.


Oh man. I'm so happy that my life is not your life.
 
2013-06-13 01:39:02 AM  
Leffler has been a NASCAR regular for years....a really friendly guy too. There were mentions of cardiac arrest in the initial minutes after the wreck, but as you can tell from the photo, that gentlemen isn't standing that way accidentally. Prayers for little Charlie and for the entire racing community who actually do have hearts and emotions and faith and all that other crap most FARKers seem to mock. Most of you would be probably dream about your name being attached to a NEWSFLASH... what is more likely is that your middle name is used while referring to your sentencing phase on your local FOX affiliate. Stay classy!
 
2013-06-13 01:39:03 AM  
R.I.P. Jason.
 
2013-06-13 01:41:03 AM  

Stitch Jones: Third Day Mark: Go Fast Turn Left: Third Day Mark: Winged Sprint?  No wing?  410?  360?   

Doesn't really matter.  He's gone now.  Thats the sad part.   That photo is pretty heartbreaking if it was at the track tonight (with his son)

410.

Those damn things *fly*.   Do you know the details of how the crash occurred?

Witnesses say something went wrong with the right front as he came off the 4th turn, it dug in and he filpped repeatedly down the front strech.  He was running second in his heat race at the time of the accident.  Met him in 2000 when he ran Indy, heck of a guy.

RIP


5/8th mile tracks are FAST.  For some reason it sucks harder since it sounds like a mechanical.
 
2013-06-13 01:46:40 AM  

MFAWG: Well, it just made the local news in Seattle. Evidently, professional journalists who are paid to decide what's 'news' and what's not disagree.

So, that's that. and fark you very much.


I feel bad for his family and friends, I really do.  I worked pit crews for a team on Baja races before, and I've seen some friends get seriously farked up in crashes.  I just take it as a professional risk if you decide to race.  I was just being an asshat about Fark's decision that everything is a newsflash lately. Dan Wheldon gets a News tag, an Indy 500 winner.  Jason Leffler, who I've heard the name of but wouldn't know who he was unless someone says NASCAR with his name, he gets a Newsflash.

Sorry I was a dick, but my intention wasn't about Mr. Leffler, it was more about how anything that might be a story gets hyped on here like it's the KABC evening news.  Anyone who has been around competitive racing knows that there are risks to it, but I could have been more respectful about how I raised my objections to the coverage.  For that I apologize.
 
2013-06-13 01:49:44 AM  
And david is today's victim of hivemind and pseudo white knighting. Congrats.
 
2013-06-13 01:55:51 AM  

davidphogan: Clint Malarchuk sure didn't get one, but that's only cause Fark didn't exist yet.


I think that's one of several possible reasons he didn't get a News Flash.
 
2013-06-13 01:57:50 AM  
It amazes me how much it stings every time we lose a driver. This one really hurts because I can't stop thinking about Charlie. Poor kid. Life can be a real biatch sometimes.
 
2013-06-13 02:02:55 AM  

Victoly: davidphogan: Clint Malarchuk sure didn't get one, but that's only cause Fark didn't exist yet.

I think that's one of several possible reasons he didn't get a News Flash.


His suicide attempt when he shot himself in the head didn't either.  Didn't even get a greenlight IIRC.
 
2013-06-13 02:37:40 AM  
Can we move away from the newsflash criticism.  Some get it, some don't. Only the mods decide.

Is there any more information on the type of injury that resulted in his death. The car doesn't look that bad all things considered and even though those twisting and flipping accidents look scary, they aren't as dangerous as they are reducing energy compared with a sudden straight impact into the wall. Parts shedding is a good thing most of the time as it is energy lost and not directed at the driver. It is tough to tell what happend based on the photo given they had to extract him so some of the damage could be instigated by the rescuers.
 
2013-06-13 02:38:06 AM  
davidphogan confession of dickery, trolling

Don't admit to trolling after you got yer reaction.  Malarchuk didn't die-a lot of goalies, Ukranians in particular, have issues...Sawchuk certainly did, if your problem is Leffler was dirt track racing @ Bridgeport instead of the Final Lap @ Daytona...I still don't get your point.  I saw Leffler race plenty of times, sure Pocono was his only Cup ride this year & he finished last but so what?  The Cup drivers tweets indicate he was very well thought of in the sport.
BTW...KABC-7 led off tonight's news with Leffler's death, yes he was from Long Beach(CA)
 
2013-06-13 02:39:48 AM  
Ahh, Fark; I can always trust you to turn a tragic death into a ridiculous debate about the worthiness of Newsflash tags in the sports section.

<3
 
2013-06-13 03:09:36 AM  

FlyingJ: Don't admit to trolling after you got yer reaction.


I wasn't trolling, but whatever...
 
2013-06-13 03:16:01 AM  
Did he hang a right?

/RIP sorta good racing man
//sucks for the kid
 
2013-06-13 03:36:22 AM  
I hate this shiat.
 
2013-06-13 05:54:56 AM  
I could say something tasteless like "Now is not the time to discuss car control" but I'm not.
 
2013-06-13 06:19:59 AM  
My family has owned a sprint car for years (cough *zemco* cough) and was there for this event last night.  I myself was not.  Having been through this too damn many times, it hurts more than anything that we still don't love the sport any less.  There has been so much effort into making these cars as safe as possible, as anyone who has sat in a car in the 90s and the 00s and now can tell, even if you didn't go anywhere in the car.  And in the end, humans are mortal, and physics always wins, no matter how hard we try.

And this I don't say often, but Godspeed kid.
 
2013-06-13 06:30:53 AM  
I also wanted to mention that any Farker sprint car fans that end up in Central PA should hit me up, I make it to the track fairly regularly and wouldn't mind meeting some of you crazies.

le sigh.
 
2013-06-13 06:40:42 AM  
When are we going to ban this mindless gas-wasting?

RIP, Jason

I hope NASCAR ends.
 
2013-06-13 06:55:42 AM  
No gas wasted in sprint car racing, they use methanol which I believe is produced from fermented wood pulp.  Jason was a great midget and sprint car driver, and a great guy. I will miss him.
 
2013-06-13 08:10:37 AM  
The danger goes with the territory, but it's still sad to see.  RIP fast drivin' man.
 
2013-06-13 09:00:38 AM  

CosmikUtensil: My family has owned a sprint car for years (cough *zemco* cough) and was there for this event last night.  I myself was not.  Having been through this too damn many times, it hurts more than anything that we still don't love the sport any less.  There has been so much effort into making these cars as safe as possible, as anyone who has sat in a car in the 90s and the 00s and now can tell, even if you didn't go anywhere in the car.  And in the end, humans are mortal, and physics always wins, no matter how hard we try.

And this I don't say often, but Godspeed kid.


Can The Dud hit his driver as far as I hit my 6 iron yet?
 
2013-06-13 09:34:33 AM  
Do sad...the picture of him and his son has broken my heart a little. Poor little guy :(
 
2013-06-13 09:39:32 AM  
Met him a few years ago. He was very gracious taking questions from the crew at my office and seemed like a nice guy who just wanted to race. Love this sport but always hate this part. God speed.
 
2013-06-13 10:07:27 AM  
weregonnalose just got some new material
 
2013-06-13 11:27:52 AM  
R.I.P., Jason. Really nice guy.
 
2013-06-13 12:47:20 PM  
Must have made a right turn.
 
2013-06-13 01:07:25 PM  

MFAWG: Somebody died on the field of play. How often does that happen in your pussy ass sport?


That makes racing "tough"? I don't follow you...
 
2013-06-13 02:58:12 PM  

vudukungfu: Must have made a right turn.


Actually, that is exactly what happened.  The cars sit very heavy on the left rear, something may have broken in the right front, and when the weight transferred back to the right front, the car turned right on about a 90 degree angle and head on'd.  Our car/driver narrowly missed the debris.

MFAWG: CosmikUtensil: My family has owned a sprint car for years (cough *zemco* cough) and was there for this event last night.  I myself was not.  Having been through this too damn many times, it hurts more than anything that we still don't love the sport any less.  There has been so much effort into making these cars as safe as possible, as anyone who has sat in a car in the 90s and the 00s and now can tell, even if you didn't go anywhere in the car.  And in the end, humans are mortal, and physics always wins, no matter how hard we try.

And this I don't say often, but Godspeed kid.

Can The Dud hit his driver as far as I hit my 6 iron yet?


I am curious myself.  I meant to contact you after the Daytona debacle, but alas you have no e in p.  If you mean real golf, my only knowledge of all that would be about the Gobrecht memorial tourny here every year, and I have never gotten a straight answer if anybody has ever made contact with the ball at all.  Grey memories of participants usually only remember the amazing-ness of the mobile wet bar.  Other than that, we have only really known The Dude more than casually since mid last season, but he can't be a worse golfer than myself, so I want judge nor report on that.  Definitely let me know if you make it to central Pennsyltucky.
 
2013-06-13 03:27:24 PM  

CosmikUtensil: vudukungfu: Must have made a right turn.

Actually, that is exactly what happened.  The cars sit very heavy on the left rear, something may have broken in the right front, and when the weight transferred back to the right front, the car turned right on about a 90 degree angle and head on'd.  Our car/driver narrowly missed the debris.

MFAWG: CosmikUtensil: My family has owned a sprint car for years (cough *zemco* cough) and was there for this event last night.  I myself was not.  Having been through this too damn many times, it hurts more than anything that we still don't love the sport any less.  There has been so much effort into making these cars as safe as possible, as anyone who has sat in a car in the 90s and the 00s and now can tell, even if you didn't go anywhere in the car.  And in the end, humans are mortal, and physics always wins, no matter how hard we try.

And this I don't say often, but Godspeed kid.

Can The Dud hit his driver as far as I hit my 6 iron yet?

I am curious myself.  I meant to contact you after the Daytona debacle, but alas you have no e in p.  If you mean real golf, my only knowledge of all that would be about the Gobrecht memorial tourny here every year, and I have never gotten a straight answer if anybody has ever made contact with the ball at all.  Grey memories of participants usually only remember the amazing-ness of the mobile wet bar.  Other than that, we have only really known The Dude more than casually since mid last season, but he can't be a worse golfer than myself, so I want judge nor report on that.  Definitely let me know if you make it to central Pennsyltucky.


We played at Gold Cup when he was driving for Roth. He can actually make contact, but he's no Gary Wright who is a legit 5 handicap.
 
2013-06-13 05:48:18 PM  

mikaloyd: That is awful

 
2013-06-13 05:52:16 PM  

SevenizGud: When are we going to ban this mindless gas-wasting?

RIP, Jason

I hope NASCAR ends.


So how do you get to your baseball, basketball, football, golf or tennis matches?  While saving gas.Walk or ride a bicycle?

you moron troll
 
2013-06-13 06:59:03 PM  
Couldn't give to shiats about racing, but no one should die doing what they love.
 
2013-06-13 07:59:18 PM  
RIP LefTurn.

Those 410s are way too fast on the 5/8th tracks. They have got to do more with the safety of those things.

/Was at the Wheldon race
//First racing death that has hit me hard in a while, too young
 
2013-06-13 09:13:22 PM  

RoughTrickNamedJim: I could say something tasteless like "Now is not the time to discuss car control" but I'm not.


I get where you're going with that comment but the funny (ironic) thing is that race fans and officials immediately do go into the "how to make sure this doesn't happen again" discussion whenever something like this happens.  It's why guys like David Reutimann and Elliott Sadler are still with us today despite taking the kinds of turns into the wall that killed Dale Sr.

While it may not be of any consolation to the Leffler family today, some other racer's life will be saved someday because of this tragedy.

RIP Leffler.  I rooted for that guy a lot in the Nationwide series.
 
2013-06-13 10:27:07 PM  
@ClaireBLang
The decal in memory of @JasonLeffler that teams @MISpeedway will display in his honor this weekend.

pbs.twimg.com
 
2013-06-13 10:33:40 PM  

davidphogan: MFAWG: davidphogan: babysealclubber: Let me guess...next you're going to tell us your Olympic boxing record and about how your Little League career was cut short by a crowbar in the back.

No, this seems more like giving a newsflash to Tebow getting signed by the Patriots.  For people who are into the sport it's kind of newsy, but it's sure as fark not a newsflash

Somebody died on the field of play. How often does that happen in your pussy ass sport?

I don't remember Dan Wheldon getting his own newsflash for his death.  Or Junior Seau.  Clint Malarchuk sure didn't get one, but that's only cause Fark didn't exist yet.


...um, Clint Malarchuk is still alive.
 
2013-06-13 10:48:19 PM  

No Line For Beer: RoughTrickNamedJim: I could say something tasteless like "Now is not the time to discuss car control" but I'm not.

I get where you're going with that comment but the funny (ironic) thing is that race fans and officials immediately do go into the "how to make sure this doesn't happen again" discussion whenever something like this happens.  It's why guys like David Reutimann and Elliott Sadler are still with us today despite taking the kinds of turns into the wall that killed Dale Sr.

While it may not be of any consolation to the Leffler family today, some other racer's life will be saved someday because of this tragedy.

RIP Leffler.  I rooted for that guy a lot in the Nationwide series.


True, but first we need to find out what happened.  Was it an element of the accident, was there an unknown preexisting health condition that affected him, was it a mechanical malfunction, was it some other factor that resulted in his death?  This is higher profile death in the lower ranks that sadly have them occur more frequently than the more well known racing series. Hopefully it can be used productively to reduce the chances of it repeating.

Unfortunately there also is a cost element involved as these are individuals running on thin budgets for the most part.  You don't want to regulate people out of the sport unnecessarily for a black swan type accident.  Thats not to say perhaps some changes couldn't be made in terms of track layout and walls, safety gear mandates, and mechanical changes to make the cars safe. However we need to know what happened to find out what changes may reduce it and then figure out whether it is economically feasible for these event types.
 
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