Mechanical Problem Caused Fatal Race Car Crash

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TRENTON,N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state police say a mechanical problem is toblame for the dirt-track racing crash that killed NASCAR driver JasonLeffler last week.

Thestate police released some findings Friday from its not-yet-completereport on the June 12 crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Logan Township.

Thereport finds that Leffler was not able to turn as he came out of thefourth turn and spun out, slamming into the concrete wall along theside of the track.

Thereport does not say how fast Leffler was going, but says cars in therace were averaging 135 mph and hitting 150 mph on straightaways.

Blunt-forceneck injuries are cited as his cause of death.

The37-year-old Leffler was a two-time winner on the NASCAR NationwideSeries.

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