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Leffler dies after accident in dirt car event
Yahoo(AP) ^ | 6/13/2013

Posted on 06/12/2013 11:39:25 PM PDT by South40

SWEDESBORO, N.J. (AP) — NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway.

The 37-year-old Leffler, a two-time winner on the NASCAR Nationwide Series who had the nickname "LefTurn" above the driver's side window on his race cars, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

"NASCAR extends its thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Jason Leffler who passed away earlier this evening," NASCAR said in a statement. "For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: New Jersey; Unclassified
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1 posted on 06/12/2013 11:39:25 PM PDT by South40
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2 posted on 06/12/2013 11:41:05 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

dirt nap

Good for him. Died doing his passion.

Rest in Peace...


3 posted on 06/12/2013 11:45:01 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: South40

Wow. Sad. RIP.


4 posted on 06/12/2013 11:45:06 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Vendome

Yup. regular people don’t get why anyone would race vehicles and most think they got it coming when an accident happens. Maybe so. But until someone actually does it (race whatever) they will never be able to understand ‘why’.

RIP


5 posted on 06/12/2013 11:47:11 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Vendome

following your passion is highly overrated


6 posted on 06/12/2013 11:49:16 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I dropped my sorry azz doing a stunt that I normally wear a special boots for three weeks ago.

Result? Probably a couple cracked ribs.

Lesson? Don’t do that again unless I have the right shoes or boots on.

Practical lesson? Don’t care. I wuz happy to be out in nature and I’ll live.


7 posted on 06/12/2013 11:49:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: dennisw

Nope. Not ever.

Living on a couch sucks.

Not saying you or anyone does but, for me, it sucks.

Would rather be having fun and breathing thin air.


8 posted on 06/12/2013 11:51:39 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Just gotta punch it man.

it it flips on you, get back up and ride it again.


9 posted on 06/12/2013 11:52:43 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

When I was Ed at Off-Road.com, I went over at 70 MPH in a Class 10 car (tube frame desert racer) in a cactus patch. Got my bell rung good. Next day I hopped into a ProTruck (SCORE) and was co-driver in a 250 mile desert race.

No guts no glory ;)


10 posted on 06/12/2013 11:54:46 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Vendome

You must not notice how overused the world passion is and what a silly cliche it is at this point :)


11 posted on 06/12/2013 11:55:32 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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To: Vendome

condolences to the family and friends.


12 posted on 06/12/2013 11:56:45 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

He had a 5-year-old son.


13 posted on 06/12/2013 11:58:14 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

What a shame.


14 posted on 06/12/2013 11:59:00 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: dennisw

Right.

Your talking to a guy that drops out of a helicopter onto a ledge at 15k+ feet just to snowboard on fresh powder or jumps from RR trestles and wants to do the Elvis dive in Acapulco.

No sir, I want to do some fun stuff. Don’t even care if there are pictures.

Just want to do it and have done it because some one dared me or I thought it was funny....


15 posted on 06/13/2013 12:00:24 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Fk it.

Kewel....


16 posted on 06/13/2013 12:00:57 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: F15Eagle
Very much so.


17 posted on 06/13/2013 12:01:13 AM PDT by South40
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To: Vendome

Hold muh beer! ;)


18 posted on 06/13/2013 12:01:33 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: South40

RIP.


19 posted on 06/13/2013 12:04:07 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Vendome

http://www.off-road.com/competition/race/warp-9-with-mr-scott-san-felipe-protruckin-with-scott-steinberger-23844.html

It was ;)


20 posted on 06/13/2013 12:05:06 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

All the stuff I busted 50 years ago is hurting worse today, be warned!


21 posted on 06/13/2013 12:11:19 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Oh I know...boy do I know....


22 posted on 06/13/2013 12:12:36 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Vendome

Passion is great..but how is racing helping to service people in any good way? Seems like a waste of gas.


23 posted on 06/13/2013 12:15:26 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: fabian

Brings joy to tens of millions worldwide?


24 posted on 06/13/2013 12:16:20 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: fabian

It’s a job, it’s a hobby. It pays bills, it moves items through the economy. It provides entertainment.

And many race cars don’t actually use “gas” per se.

By far, much more gas is wasted everyday due to inefficient work-schedules and congested highways.

It’s not even close by a huge margin.


25 posted on 06/13/2013 12:18:20 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Norm Lenhart

>> When I was Ed at Off-Road.com,

That’s cool!


26 posted on 06/13/2013 12:20:32 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Vendome

>> Good for him. Died doing his passion.

Too young, but best way to go.


27 posted on 06/13/2013 12:21:10 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Hurrying to get a roof job under paper, I stepped on it before I should have and rode the damn thing down.

Landed about 18 feet sort'a blind as to where the earth actually was (judged it pretty good .. if i do say so myself) and did a tuck and roll.

Whew ... thank you Lord.

Except ... I hobble on those ankles now some 35 or so years later.

28 posted on 06/13/2013 12:21:56 AM PDT by knarf (<p>Gimmee my share.)
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To: Gene Eric

Day one to 2001 ;)

It was lotsa fun!...When I wasn’t doing 14 hour days on end...


29 posted on 06/13/2013 12:23:47 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: knarf

I hare ‘roof heights’. In a plane I’m fine. On a roof? Complete coward.


30 posted on 06/13/2013 12:25:18 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Wanna hear a “hold muh beer story?”

So I’m heli boarding at 15-16k feet for a couple of days in Valle Nevado, outside of Santiago, Chile.

My guide happens to be in charge of avalanche destruction. Weird designation.

So anyway, we are all drunk as hell one night and he asks if I want to go looking for avalanches in the morning.

Uhm, Fk yeah....

I have no idea what avalanche searching is but, I show up at the helipad in the morning. He’s freaking late.

So I’m standing there thinking “My head feels like someone’s been pounding on it and I need a cup of coffee”.

So this late Frenchman suddenly appears with a cup of joe in both of his mittens.

He says some crap in French, I respond in Espanol(I’m in Fricing Chile) and he suddenly starts speaking duh spanish.

Anyway, he hands me a cup of coffee and we jump the helicopter.

I’m like “I don’t think one cup’s gonna do it”}

So we start ascending and my headache is getting worse.

He starts telling me to look for avalanches. WTF??? How am I suppose to tell what they look like from up above?

So he starts talking his French jibberish and reverting to Spanish at times.

Frickin _A-hole. I speak both but, I’m thinking “Pick one. My head is killing me.”

So all of a sudden the copter swings left and then right. In some weird circle that made my head swim.

The pilot of the copter and Bebe’, the crazy azz Frenchman, start speaking to each other and I can’t understand Krap!!!

Fk me, they speaking Brazilian! Okay, Portuguese. Whatever.

I make out a few words and this crazy azz French Man lights up a cigarette!@!!1

No big deal, right?

Well, it’s a big deal to me, as I recognize there is a box of dynomite next to us.

You soopit, Freakin, French man! Prolly from the Monmarte! Paris!

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

So this idiot is smoking away and saying all kind uh crap to me.

What? Did he say? How the hell would I know?

All heard was white noise as I watched this suicide bomber, from France, smoking away, laughing his azz off, at whatever the hell he was saying and drinking coffee!

So this mthrfkr grabs a stick and puts the end of cigarrette to the fuse. He says something about a shelf, starts laughing and just about the time I think we are going to blow up he throws this boom stick into the snow and grabs the back my head, pointing to some place in the snow “Watch!! Luke!! Luke!!!”

All of a sudden I saw this blast of white puff, felt this sonic boom over my face and heard BOOM!!!

Smile much?

Hell, I mustuh looked like the KoolAid man.

So, he hands me a stick of this bad day if wrong stuff and starts with “Blah, frickin, blah”.

I have no idea what this moron is saying but, he says something about safety, nothing bad is going to happen and have a good time.

Next thing I know he starts screaming and pointing to some spot in the distant white, of what, I sure don’t know.

I start a cigaratte and as I’m puffing away he grabs the back of my neck and tells me “you’re making it safe for the mountain and for everyone”.

Dick!

Get your hands off me!

I’m smoking next to a box of dynamite and it feels like you are trying to throw me out the door.

Throw there! Throw There!

I toss the stick where he is pointing and ....BOOM!!! SHAKA LAKA....BOOM!!!

Wider eyes, bigger grin....I ain’t felt since.

He starts shaking me and we are laughing our butts offs.

Bitchin!

I spend the next three days doing avalanche patrol

I’ll never forget it.

Coffee, cigarettes, Kaboom!!! From a freakin helicopter....


31 posted on 06/13/2013 12:28:45 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: fabian

Passion is great..but how is racing helping to service people in any good way?

Sorry, What?

Not arguing with you but, don’t understand what you are saying....


32 posted on 06/13/2013 12:30:02 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Wait!

That wuz you?


33 posted on 06/13/2013 12:31:13 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Good for you. Few things more grounding and rewarding in life than working hard at something you really enjoy or love.


34 posted on 06/13/2013 12:31:35 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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Overall it was worth it. By far. It wasn’t without it’s issues, but it’s hard to top going forward from a personal satisfaction/reward level.


35 posted on 06/13/2013 12:34:14 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Vendome

It wuz.


36 posted on 06/13/2013 12:34:37 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Bitchin.

Just plain bitchin....


37 posted on 06/13/2013 12:36:56 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

TeH AwEsOmEz ...you haZ it! ;)


38 posted on 06/13/2013 12:38:06 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

NO!

You Duh Man!

I wuz goofing off...and had one hell of a hangover.

The fricking lodge is at like 9,600 hundred feet!

Thatz asking for a headacke, .....when yooz drinking and chasing chickas....


39 posted on 06/13/2013 12:43:57 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

What it looks like inside...Different protruck though

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHbX9pup7uA


40 posted on 06/13/2013 12:48:47 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Vendome

Then there’s the Trophy Trucks

Robbie Gordon..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IpPVFkHX0Q


41 posted on 06/13/2013 12:53:56 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: dennisw

If you’re afraid of dying go be a couch potato and shut up!


42 posted on 06/13/2013 1:05:35 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Vendome

What a great story! I’m lmfao at it!


43 posted on 06/13/2013 3:33:44 AM PDT by blu
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To: dennisw

Horse Chit anybody who would say that has no idea what feeds a passion and most likely has never had one. What a wasted and boring life it must be.


44 posted on 06/13/2013 3:43:43 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Vendome

Try riding the skids on a Huey with green tracers coming at ya.


45 posted on 06/13/2013 3:54:44 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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Thatz asking for a headacke, .....when yooz drinking and chasing chickas....

Handling dynamite and then touching your face can be good for that, too. The stuff sweats nitroglycerine, which is a powerful vaso-dialator. It'll go right into your bloodstream through thin skin, and you can give yourself one hell of a headache if you aren't careful.

46 posted on 06/13/2013 3:56:08 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: South40

Dang. RIP


47 posted on 06/13/2013 4:10:15 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: South40

Well, passion is wonderful but that sweet kid in the picture is gonna’ grow up wishing pop had been a plumber or used care salesman.

I’ve been in more motorcycle crashes than I can count (literally). I’ve leaped out of perfectly functional air craft and even have a nice skydiving accident story that I can tell anyone who indicates an interest.

But when a man brings a son into the world he has a responsibility to be there to teach the boy to be a man. If he must die for his passion it ought to be a passion WORTH his life and the loss to his family. The passion of standing up for truth. Standing against evil. Doing right by your brothers and sisters. Doing good for your world.

I’d understand if pop caught it on some Iwo Jima somewhere but as a son I think I’d resent it deeply that he died in middle age trying to win a contest involving boys toys.

I can understand the lure of big horsepower and a loud, violent contest in controlling them and prevailing above the field, but when they put my son in my arms in that delivery room almost all of the boyish, adolescent selfishness that had been my life went right out the window.

The very idea of some other guy teaching and guiding my son and explaining the world to him absolutely repels me.


48 posted on 06/13/2013 4:35:46 AM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: TalBlack

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But when a man brings a son into the world he has a responsibility to be there to teach the boy to be a man. If he must die for his passion it ought to be a passion WORTH his life and the loss to his family. The passion of standing up for truth. Standing against evil. Doing right by your brothers and sisters. Doing good for your world.
_________________

you have a world of intelligence in you.


49 posted on 06/13/2013 4:41:40 AM PDT by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed " people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Vendome; F15Eagle

Well, when you are providing a good or service to people in our economy, it is usually to help them with a need that they have. I don’t really see race car driving as that. To want to be entertained by fast driving is not really a good need being fulfilled as I see it. And when you have children and a wife and have such a dangerous job, I see that as rather selfish actually.


50 posted on 06/13/2013 6:31:18 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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