This will be a read unlike no other. NASCAR fans have lost one the most fierce drivers in Sprint cars, which is both dirt (Sprint cars) and asphalt (Cup cars). Starting in the 1990s, he drove sprints and midget cars, lightweight but powerful open-wheel cars often raced on dirt tracks, and won four U.S. Auto Club (USAC) championships in those series. Twice winning the traditional Turkey Night Grand Prix midget car race in Southern California on Thanksgiving in 1999 and 2005. When Leffler turn to NASCAR he never won in 73 starts in the Cup series, and won twice in 294 starts in its second-tier Nationwide Series over a 12-year period. He also had one victory in 56 starts in NASCAR’s truck series. In 2000 Leffler finished 17th at the Indy 500, what couldn’t this man drive? And like dirt racing well sir this is a complete different animal which Leffler was.
The amazing story here is when Leffler was a boy at the age of 13, 14 and worked at Parnelli Jones Race shop in Torrance California, now Leffler lived about 16 miles from there as the crow flies in Long Beach and was happy to clean car parts sweep the floors all because he loved race cars. As time would progress Parnelli noticed that Jason Leffler was going to be a race car driver and Jones became his mentor. Jason Leffler unlike like some spoon fed drivers came from sweeping floors and learning from one of the all time greats like Parnelli, but when climbing a ladder like some famous drivers sponsors come easy. For Leffler this came hard for the 2013 NASCAR season he did not have a ride and Jones said, “I felt badly for him because somebody else didn’t pick him up in the Nationwide Series or the truck series or something like that.” “I think he was not happy doing that,” Parnelli Jones said. “He was happy to be still driving something, but I think, he I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the fact that he had to do that.
OK here it comes, seems to me watching a lot of footage of Leffler racing in Cup, Nationwide and Sprint cars a lot of banging going on with bump and grinding, this man tour up some cars and pissed many drives off. Panther Racing Owner John Barnes, for whom Leffler raced in 2004 and 2005 said, Leffler had a “fierce competitive spirit and a devilish attitude. Jason was a small man with a huge right foot.” We like that as fans in a racer showing no fear and pushing competition out-of-the-way kind of like the old #3 The Intimidator. Doggonit this man was entertaining and the sport lost another great one too early.
Now this even brings us to another subject. Watched this morning C-Span and was waiting for this before I wrote about Jason. The voting on House Bill on support for military appearance at sporting events will continue, it’s good advertising for the Arm Forces and raises morale of not only business involved but for the fans (tax payers’). It cost $36,000 for six F/A-18A Hornet fighter jets from the Navy’s Blue Angels to fly. At this time I would like to ask NASCAR to consider something and this also goes out to all sponsors in which fans support. Money is tight and I’m surprised the bill passed, so with that in mind kindly show the greatest gratitude to the ones who gave their life to this country and the ones who lost their life on the track. Now I don’t mean some band or singer striking up a tune or some designated speaker at a podium or a free beer. Time to go deep in your own pockets and with the help of sponsors, team owners, networks’ and drivers’, yeah that’s right, the drivers’ a Pass Driver and Fan Appreciation Day is in order. For without that, “Americas’ Example of Freedom”, we all would have nothing. So the next time your eyes are to the skies, all the teams, all the sponsors, all the drivers’ and the seats are full we can feel your appreciation as the jets go blasting by. What a free day it is, (get it, free day) not thank you, but you’re welcome. You do something like this and you will find you’ll have to build more seats at each and every event.
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Jason Leffler and son
In 2011, Jason Leffler talked about wanting his son to race, and the possibility of returning to his dirt track roots.
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Jason Leffler Airborne
Jason Leffler gets loose and flies into the tire barrier sending the car airborne. In this vid towards the end when Jason is being interview at 1:40 on the time stamp he explains what happened. His left hand expresses the feel this man had for driving race cars as his little finger elevates the motion of getting loose and not being able to get it again.
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