Stringer Performance Fast Facts
Millican & Grubnic zero in on their Wally goal…
Clay Millican & David Grubnic have two more chances to make their Wally dreams a reality this season. The duos Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster has been flying down the track during the second half of the season with Grubnic’s tightened up tuning plan. While the season has already been filled with some major accomplishments, including a #1 qualifier position in Charlotte, Millican & Grubnic are still eyeing the ultimate prize – a Wally.
Earlier this season Millican was knocked out in round two of eliminations in Vegas. This time around the team has collected more data, and worked out a few kinks in their systems that cost them in other races. This time around the team hopes that their extra six-months of experience will pay off with they roll to the line at The Strip.
Jason Leffler Memorial exceeds Stringer’s expectations…
It was an emotional last weekend for Stringer Performance team owner Doug Stringer. Another year of the Jason Leffler Memorial Auction and Race had passed, and with it marked another year since the loss of a very dear friend. However, with the passing of each year Jason’s legacy has grown stronger. Not only as an incredibly talented racer, but now as the namesake of one of the best midget car races around.
This year’s Leffler memorial events brought in more than 3,000 people to the Southern Illinois area that the Stringer Performance team calls home. They were teammates, racing fans and NASCAR stars who traveled from across the United States to Stringer’s track, the Wayne County Speedway, to raise money for Jason’s son, Charlie Dean. Among those in attendance were Stringer Performance driver Clay Millican and his Performance teammates who came out to cheer on fellow Great Clips Racing drivers Daryn Pittman and Darren Hagen. The group spent a lot time together sharing racing stories, and wetting Millican’s appetite to get back on the track. While Millican didn’t suit up for this year’s Leffler Memorial, it is something Stringer has discussed with the Top Fuel star. Stringer said, “Clay and I have talked a little about him trying his hand at the Leffler race sometime in the future. It’s a lot different racing a midget car on a 1/8 mile oval dirt track vs. a Top Fuel dragster on the drag strip, so we would have to find time in his schedule for him to do a couple runs before jumping into Leffler. This year the talent level of the drivers who came out to the track, and the racing fans that filled our stands was phenomenal. I never expected this race to grow as rapidly as it has over the last three-years. In three-years to be considered a destination race for fans is an incredible feat. I know we’ll be back at it again next year, and who knows you may catch Clay Millican on the track instead of in the stands!”
About Doug Stringer and Stringer Performance
Stringer Performance owner 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.
Longtime friends, Stringer and Millican have always talked about racing together and last fall the stars suddenly aligned. Millican was looking for a team to call home in 2015 and Stringer had always desired to return to his roots in drag racing. Having sponsor Parts Plus already in place with Millican made it a quick and easy decision and Stringer Performance was born. Stringer’s first order of business was the hiring of two essential people – David Grubnic as crew chief and Lance Larsen as general manager.