WAYNE CITY — Wayne County Speedway will host the Jason Leffler Memorial Race 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
The race is sponsored by Great Clips, with a $5,000 win Midget race sanctioned by POWRl in which 100 percent of the front entrance and 50 percent of the back entrance will go to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Fund.
Track owner Doug Stringer of McLeansboro, decided to run the event after the tragic passing of his long-time friend, NASCAR driver Jason Leffler. Leffler left behind a son, 5-year-old Charlie Dean.
“This race is my way to honor Jason, who was a great racer, but more importantly a great father to Charlie Dean,” Stringer said. “Jason’s passing has left a hole in the hearts of many of us who loved him and had the honor of calling him our friend. As we continue to mourn, we must keep Charlie Dean in the forefront of our minds and do everything we can to ensure he grows up knowing what an amazing person his father was and how much he was respected as both a driver and a friend.”
Stringer’s company, Stringer Holdings, manages the NASCAR and World of Outlaws race sponsorships for Great Clips. Leffler represented the world’s largest salon brand in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 2006 to 2011. As a tribute to him, Great Clips serves as title sponsor of the Jason Leffler Memorial Race. The company will also sponsor Shane Hmiel Racing for the event, which will field two drivers, Darren Hagan and Justin Grant.
Stringer expects a good showing with the entry list growing each day and welcomes racers from all over the country to come and have a great race to honor a fellow driver.