06:53 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 06/13/2013 07:30AM
NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after an accident Wednesday night in a heat race at a dirt car event at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.
Leffler, 37, 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."
Originally posted 05/17/2013 08:20AM
Dick Trickle, whose larger-than-life personality and penchant for fun won him legions of fans despite a lack of success beyond the nation's small tracks, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 71.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle, who said "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.
Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Johnson said foul play was not suspected.
Originally posted 04/26/2013 08:00AM
Danica Patrick's marriage has come to a screeching halt – her divorce has been finalized.
An Arizona judge signed a consent decree between the NASCAR star and husband Paul Hospenthal on April 15 and it was filed two days later, ending the couple's seven-year union, ESPN reports.
Patrick, 31, had announced in November via her Facebook page that she was splitting from Hospenthal, saying the marriage was "irretrievably broken."
The couple originally met after Patrick saw Hospenthal, who is a physical therapist and personal trainer, for treatment of a hip injury. They wed in 2005 and had no children.
Originally posted 04/09/2013 06:00PM
"We are so happy to share news that we're having another baby in September," the NASCAR champ shares
Originally posted 02/22/2013 09:15AM
Her name is Christmas and if auto racing legend Michael Waltrip is right, she will become more than merry asset in the NASCAR pits – she'll become a racing business goddess.
Christmas Abbott, a fierce CrossFit video star and Raleigh, N.C., gym owner who bears a gun tattoo on her hip and who worked for years as a civilian contractor in Bagdad – doing military laundry, no less – was signed this week as a full-time crew member for the Michael Waltrip Racing team and its Sprint Cup operation, making her the first woman to work the pits at NASCAR's highest level.
While racer Danica Patrick offers star power on the track, Abbott, 31 and a Virginia native, will add her own muscled glamour to crews for this Sunday's Daytona 500, where she will be in the pits with racer Clint Bowyer and will shadow the pit team there in anticipation of her future gig.
Originally posted 02/05/2013 02:10PM
Genevieve, 2½, "knows the name of the songs she wants to hear," the NASCAR driver tells PEOPLE
Originally posted 02/27/2012 07:45PM
Danica Patrick got her first Daytona 500 race off to a nasty start.
The racer, 29, crashed her green car on the second lap in an accident that also involved Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler and other drivers.
"Wow," exclaims the NASCAR.com blog. "The wreck was triggered when Elliott Sadler shoved Johnson."
Originally posted 02/22/2012 05:00PM
Race car driver Danica Patrick is about to embark on her biggest challenge to date – the Daytona 500, a 500 mile-long NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
But Patrick, 29, seems fearless, telling Reuters, "I'm not scared of going 200 miles an hour," during Sunday's competition in Daytona Beach, Fla.
In fact, she believes she has a shot at following in the footsteps of Trevor Bayne, last year's rookie race winner.
Originally posted 11/03/2011 08:05AM
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was arrested and charged Tuesday with possession of 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, the Associated Press reports.
The arrest came after officers searched his western North Carolina home and discovered drugs and $100,000 worth of stolen property, according to records from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Mayfield, 42, was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR in 2009 for violating the organization’s substance abuse policy.
Detectives told AP that the alleged stolen merchandise – including welding equipment, truck parts and scrap metal – came from local businesses.
Originally posted 08/10/2009 08:00AM
NASCAR star Jeff Gordon’s daughter Ella Sofia, who turned 2 in June, isn’t sure what her daddy does at the track, but she recognizes that his work involves sitting behind the wheel.
"She knows that I have a race car for work and when she sees [one] at the track she says, 'Go papa go!' " Gordon, 38, told PEOPLE's Celebrity Baby Blog late last week at The Glen in Watkins Glen, N.Y., where he was preparing to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Ella planned to be on the sidelines "cheering him on" during Monday's race, after being rained out Sunday.
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