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NASCAR Notes: Leffler's death puts spotlight on short tracks

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Leffler's death puts spotlight on short tracks
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -
Tony Stewart says safety standards at short tracks are as strong as they've ever been. Brad Keselowski says they're "dismal" and he tries to avoid racing on them.

The death of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler at a dirt-track race near Philadelphia earlier this week has brought more attention to small, local tracks, where some big names like Stewart still show up to race on occasion. Keselowski made it clear he didn't know the specifics about what happened to Leffler, but he says safety standards are "a hundred times worse at the local level."

A medical examiner's report says Leffler died of a "blunt force neck injury" in Wednesday's accident at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J.

Hendrick says Keselowski should show 'more class'
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) -
Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick says defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski should start "representing himself and the sport with more class" after Keselowski accused Hendrick of stealing information by poaching employees from Ford teams.

Keselowski was at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., on Thursday. According to, he said his Penske Racing team has been reluctant to share information with Roush Fenway Racing on their Ford cars. He said Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing "have this nasty little habit" of hiring away employees and "stealing" information from the Ford teams.

Hendrick says Keselowski "misrepresents the facts and spends a lot of time making insinuations and accusations about other teams when he should be focused on his own program and competing at a high level."

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