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  • Mechanical problem caused Leffler's fatal race car crash
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  • Mechanical problem caused Leffler's fatal race car crash
    New Jersey state police said Friday that a mechanical problem was to blame for the dirt-track racing crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler.
    The state police released some findings from a not-yet-complete report on the June 12 crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Logan Township.
    The report finds that a torsion stop came off, causing part of the sprint car's suspension system to become lodged between a wheel and the steering system. As a result, the report found, Leffler was unable to control the car's steering as he came out of the fourth turn and spun out, slamming into the concrete wall along the side of the track.
    The report does not say how fast Leffler was going, but says cars in the race were averaging 135 mph and hitting 150 mph on straightaways.
    Blunt-force neck injuries were cited as cause of death.
    Usain Bolt wins 100 finalsat Jamaica national meet
    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Usain Bolt clocked a 9.94 seconds in the 100 meters to win the finals of the Jamaica national championships.
    The world's fastest man says he's revving up for the year's biggest event, the world championships in Moscow in August.
    Behind Bolt was Kemar Bailey-Cole at 9.98 and Nickel Ashmeade at 9.99. Former world record holder Asafa Powell did not finish in the top three to qualify for the worlds.
    Federer could face Nadalin quarters at Wimbledon
    LONDON — Seven-time champion Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
    Friday's draw for the grass-court Grand Slam placed the third-seeded Federer and No. 5 Nadal in the same half. Federer is the defending champion at the All England Club, while Nadal is a two-time winner.
    Home favorite Andy Murray, who is seeded No. 2, is also in the same bottom half and could meet Nadal or Federer in the semifinal.
    Compiled from wire reports
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