Jason Leffler died doing what he loved, pushing a race car to it’s limits on a dirt track in New Jersey. He was an accomplished driver who had competed at the highest level of Stock car racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but his true passion was the open-wheel cars he drove in the beginning of his career.
Sadly, when Jason Leffler died he left behind the one thing he loved in this world more than being in a race car. His five year old son Charlie Dean. Jason loved the time he got to spend with his son whether it was at the race track or just hanging out at his home in North Carolina.
On September 8th, Bridgeport Speedway, the site of the tragic accident, will both honor the memory of Jason Leffler, and raise some money to help support young Charlie Dean. The speedway, after consulting with teams which were scheduled to compete on that night and Heffner Racing Enterprises, the co-promoter of the original Night of Wings, decided to reschedule the race, but with a much greater purpose.
Most of the original 410 Sprint Car drivers who were in attendance that night have agreed to return to not only support this race, but honor their former fellow driver by doing what he would of wanted them to do, race. They will be joined on the card by the TSRS Sprints.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be competing in Richmond, Virginia the day prior to this event. Sprint Cup driver Dave Blaney was part of the original group of drivers on hand in June, but one would have to wonder if several other drivers who were good friends with Leffler would make the trip to New Jersey to help honor their late friend. Most notable among this group would be Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne.
More important than who will be there, however, is what Bridgeport Speedway is doing for Charlie Dean. All grandstand admission collected on that night will be donated to a fund set up to help care for Jason’s son. It is suggested fans donate at least the regular admission price of $13. There are also plans to have raffles throughout the night to raise additional funds.
Those fans who were witness to that tragic night will be able to turn their general admission tickets into special VIP tickets. Preferred seating will be established and these fans will also be admitted to the speedway one hour prior to everyone else.
Bridgeport Speedway is doing their best to turn a negative into a positive. Let’s hope the event is well-attended, and more importantly, safe.