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Continued: NASCAR driver Jason Leffler dies after accident in New Jersey dirt car event

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  • Last update: June 13, 2013 - 6:49 AM

A little over two weeks ago, 22-year-old driver Josh Burton died of injuries sustained in a crash at Bloomington Speedway in Indiana. In late May at a dirt track in Nevada, two drivers were killed in a race. In March in California, two people were killed when a car careened off a dirt track and crashed on pit road.

Sprint car races can be more dangerous for drivers and spectators because the safety measures taken by series aren't at the same level. Many facilities lack the SAFER barriers that are standard in NASCAR and IndyCar, and the cars aren't always adequately protected.

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  • Driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday, at a dirt track event at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway. The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the Nationwide Series, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m.

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