Leaper family establishes GoFundMe after thieves steal equipment

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tracy and Rick Leaper have established a GoFundMe to attempt to allow them to rebuild. Nearly two weeks ago, the family had their son’s Sprint Car dreams dashed.

In the early morning on January 7th, thieves stole their Sprint Car and trailer outside of the family’s business in Souderton, Pennsylvania. At this time, nothing has been recovered.

Sprint Car driver Dan Leaper driving his Rick's Service Center and Carfagno Chevrolet sponsored ride around the track
Dan Leaper driving his Rick’s Service Center and Carfagno Chevrolet sponsored ride around the track (Photo by Dan Leaper Racing/Facebook)

“In the morning of January 7, 2021, a group of thieves decided they wanted to take away the dream of a 19- year-old kid, who has been racing since he was 4 ½,” The GoFundMe says. “The sprint car operation of Dan Leaper Racing was stolen from a repair shop in Souderton, Pa. A local pickup truck was also stolen to tow the trailer and sprint car away. After working through the devastating shock, the only way to get Dan back on the track at all is with some assistance. There is no possible financial way we can do this ourselves. The trailer was insured however, none of the contents were.  

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“Because our racing community is the best, we have already been offered a trailer to use by one amazing man. Please help us get Dan back to the track. We are starting with absolutely nothing. If you have any extra equipment or spares you can give or sell, let us know. If you are unable to donate, could you please add us all to your prayers?”

According to Franconia Township Detective Glenn Kranich, the Franconia Township and Hilltown Township Police Department are still investigating the incident. However, at this time, there are no updates that they were able to provide without hindering their investigation.

The family is asking for $15,000 in the GoFundMe. The estimated loss of the equipment Leaper said to The Capital Sports Report was north of $100,000.

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At this time, in two days, the family has received $445.

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