Dave Blaney was racing at Bridgeport Speedway on Wednesday night when Jason Leffler suffered fatal injuries in a sprint-car race crash.
While he didn't see what triggered the accident, Blaney did witness the end of it.
"From where I was standing -- which was a long ways away -- it looked like any other sprint car wreck," Blaney said. "But you don't know. You don't know the impacts and what happens. So you stand there and assume and hope the guy hops out like 99.9 percent of the time, but ... "
Leffler, 37 and a former USAC champion and NASCAR competitor, died following his crash.
Outside of the racing community, it's frequently asked how drivers can process a fellow competitor's death and then jump in a car just hours or days later.
The easy answer would be that racers are simply wired differently.
"I guess I haven't put a lot of thought into that," Blaney said with a laugh. "I guess I don't want to put a lot of thought into that. But yes, that's the way it is."
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