- Associated Press - Monday, June 17, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The racing community rallies around its own, and Kasey Kahne has stepped up to help raise funds for Jason Leffler’s young son.

Kahne is selling a black hat with Leffler’s “LEFturn” nickname on it for $20 on his website with all proceeds going to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust. Leffler was killed last Wednesday in an accident at a dirt track in New Jersey. He was 37 and a divorced father of 5-year-old Charlie.

Kahne and Leffler were close friends dating to their early careers in sprint cars, and the two had flown together to Pocono Raceway where Leffler made his only Sprint Cup start of the season June 9.

Kahne wore the black “LEFturn” hat all weekend at Michigan International Speedway, where interest was so high he promised to find a way to mass produce the hats so fans could purchase them as a way to support Leffler’s son. He tweeted the information Monday, and the traffic was so high the site crashed within minutes.

“You guys are awesome! You already crashed the site! Thanks for being patient,” he tweeted.

The hats will start shipping on Friday, Kahne said, and can be ordered at https://www.kaseykahnestore.com.

It’s not uncommon for the racing community to step up to help the families of fallen racers _ IndyCar and NASCAR drivers contributed when two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in 2011. Graham Rahal collected items to be auctioned off from racers from all series, and the same racers bid on many of the items. In all, almost $650,000 was raised for Wheldon’s widow and two sons.

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