NASCAR driver Jason Leffler was killed in an accident on the night of June 12 in a sprint car race at Bridgeport Speedway in Logan Township, New Jersey. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. in Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The driver, who had the nickname “LefTurn”, was racing on the dirt track when his vehicle flipped over multiple times and crashed into a wall.
“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.”
Jason is survived by his 5-year-old son Charlie Dean. His ex-wife is Alison East, also known as known as Alison Leffler, mother of Jason’s son, and reportedly he was dating Julianna Patterson.
35-year-old Alison Courtney East was born on April 10, 1978 in Indiana. Her parents are Janice East and Bob East who is known in the racing world for his Beast Midget chassis design. Alison’s sister, Amy East Cook, is married to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Terry Cook, and her brother, Bobby East, became the youngest National Midget champion as he is a USAC driver.
Alison East Leffler married Jason on December 11, 2001 in Hawaii . The couple welcomed their son Charlie Dean on August 16, 2007.
Alison East and Jason divorced maybe some time ago, in his website he appears as “single”, but there are no records of any divorce papers. Their son lived with his dad and currently Alison is dating motocross driver Alex Ewing.
Reportedly, Jason Leffler was dating 27-year-old Julianna K. Patterson and according to reports they lived together. She was born on March 13, 1986 in Lima, Ohio to Vicki and Gregory Patterson.
Julianna Patterson graduated from Allen East High School in 2007. Then she obtained a BS in Applied Health Science from Bowling Green State University. Two years later, Julianna became an associate of Science as a certified Physical Therapist Assistant at the Professional Skills Institute. Last year she received her certificate in journalism from the University of Massachusetts.
Patterson has worked as traveling therapist at the Advance Medical Personnel Services, Inc., as a physical therapist assistant at Aegis Therapies, and as therapy recruiter at the Cirrus Medical Staffing.
In July 2012, she became Sponsorship Manager at Lefturn Il where she was in charge of the sales, marketing and sponsorship management for Jason Leffler racing and the Jason Leffler Sponsorship Packet.