- Posted by Ross Taylor
- On July 1, 2016
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Wayne City, IL – The Fourth Annual Jason Leffler Memorial race will be held at the Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois on October 20th, 2016. The date of the race was recently changed to allow drivers who race across multiple series the opportunity to still participate in the Leffler Memorial. The race and its pre-race auction were developed by track owner Doug Stringer in 2013 after Leffler, a long-time friend, was tragically killed during a sprint car race on June 12, 2013 at Bridgeport Speedway. The loss of such an incredibly talented driver and young father was felt immediately within the racing community. One of the main concerns of Leffler’s family, friends and fans after his passing was the wellbeing of his young son, Charlie. Each year a portion of the proceeds from the Leffler Memorial Auction and the Leffler Memorial Race are donated to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust. The 2016 Jason Leffler Memorial Auction will take place one day before the race on October 19th, 2016. Details for the auction can be found on the Memorial Auction page.
After receiving the track’s largest crowd to date for the race last year, Stringer spent a lot of time thinking of a way to give back to the fans and drivers who make this race possible. Stringer’s solution has the potential to allow the winning driver or one lucky fan from the crowd to walk away with some serious cash.
The winning driver of the 2016 Jason Leffler Memorial will automatically receive a $20,000 check for their accomplishment. After presenting the initial check, Stringer will allow the driver to select one envelope from a series of 100 envelopes that will contain various prizes. The biggest prize of all will be a check for $50,000. Once the winning driver has made their selection, then one general admission only ticket holder will have their ticket number drawn for a chance to come select one envelope from the remaining 99. If the winning driver has not selected the $50,000 prize, then this lucky fan might be the one walking away with 50k at the end of the night. The spectator drawing is being limited to only GA ticket holders because pit passes, which will also be available for purchase to the public, include drivers and their crew members.
About Doug Stringer and Wayne County Speedway…
Wayne County Speedway owner and McLeansboro, IL resident Doug Stringer has a lengthy resume in the racing industry. His career essentially began in drag racing having served as general manager for Jim Epler’s Rug Doctor Funny Car in 1996. Eventually he made a business decision to move in to the rapidly growing world of NASCAR racing where a role as general manger turned into an ownership role of a highly successful NASCAR Xfinity Series team. After selling his team in 2006, he formed Stringer Holdings, a sports marketing agency that manages sponsorship and related marketing platforms for various companies in both NASCAR and NHRA.