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NASCAR Star Killed in Race
NASCAR fans are reeling after the death of a two-time Nationwide Series winner. Jason Leffler, 37, was killed Wednesday night after an accident at a dirt track race in New Jersey.
The race is similar to one that's about to start in Macon County. There, they will hold a moment of silence for Leffler and his family. But other than that, it's racing as usual.
The co-owner of the Macon Speedway said the drivers all wear protective fireproof gear, including a helmet. They're also strapped into a harness that keeps their head and neck in place when behind the wheel.
The dirt track is kept damp to cut down on the amount of flying dust. But after that, it's just the driver and the risk they're willing to take.
"I think any type of racing is dangerous," Macon Speedway co-owner Bob Sargent said. "Whether an accident happens, or whether it be a malfunction of a car part or whatever, it's just if they're at high speeds, and it's just a dangerous sport sometimes."
The dirt track is a big change from the asphalt NASCAR drivers usually race on. Because of that, the cars they race are different, too. So it will be interesting to see how guys like Richard Petty, Tony Stewart, Kenny Wallace, and Kenny Schrader--all huge names in the world of racing--are able to perform.