Parnelli Jones is fondly recalling Jason Leffler, who began his racing career as a volunteer in Jones' California show.
Leffler died Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a sprint car crash in New Jersey. He was 37.
The death was a hard hit for Jones, who said by phone Friday he watched Leffler grow into a championship-caliber driver.
The 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner spoke glowingly of Leffler's desire, and how much it meant to Leffler to run the Indy 500 in 2000.
Winner of four USAC championships, Leffler was regarded as one of the top sprint car drivers in the country before he moved to NASCAR. Jones noted Leffler never found the same success in NASCAR but never stopped trying.

Recent NASCAR Discussions

NASCAR Odds

Driver Odds
Iowa 200 - Odds to Win @ Iowa Speedway
Christopher Bell +250
Johnny Sauter +300
Matt Crafton +350
John Hunter Nemecheck +550
Ben Rhodes +600

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail Iowa 200 Odds The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series gets the racing weekend started on Friday night when drivers compete in the Iowa 200....
Thumbnail American Ethanol E15 250 Odds The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to the Midwest this week for the running of the American Ethanol E15 250....
Thumbnail Toyota/Save Mart 350 Odds The NASCAR Monster Energy Series competes on its road course of the season when the drivers take part in the Toyota/Save Mart 350...
Thumbnail FireKeepers Casino 400 Picks The FireKeepers Casino 400 gets underway later this afternoon. Here are some of the drivers we like to contend for today’s...
Thumbnail Drivin' for Linemen 200 Picks The NASCAR Camping World Truck Serieswill be competing tonight in the Drivin’ for Linemen 200. Here are the drivers we like to contend for the victory.