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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.

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Millican debuts pink Parts Plus/ Great Clips Dragster in Dallas…

 

Clay Millican’s Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster will be racing with a purpose throughout the month of October. With its light pink and black color scheme, Millican’s dragster joins in with several other Top Fuel drivers who are helping to bring awareness to breast cancer on and off the track.

 

This is not the first time the entire Stringer Performance team has highlighted the importance of cancer awareness this season. The Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster has featured the gold childhood cancer awareness decal since late August. The team has also participated in the Prayers for Elijah movement, which has over 45,000 supporters on Facebook.

 

Doug Stringer continues to honor Jason Leffler’s memory…

 

It’s been a little over two years since the racing world lost Jason Leffler to an accident at a dirt track race. An incredibly talented and spirited driver, Leffler was a member of the Great Clips Racing family and a close personal friend to Stringer Performance team owner, Doug Stringer. Each year since Leffler’s passing in 2013, Stringer has hosted the Jason Leffler Memorial race at his Wayne County, Illinois track – the Wayne County Speedway.

 

This year’s race is the largest prized midget car race of the 2015 season with $20,000 on the line. The race will feature drivers racing for points in POWRi and USAC – closing out the championship point race for POWRi’s 2015 season. All gate admissions from the Leffler Memorial Race benefit the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust – that was put in place by Leffler’s friends and family to help take care of his young son, Charlie Dean.

 

The race takes place next Friday October 23, 2015 with hot laps starting at 6PM and racing at 7PM. In addition to the $20,000 prize, this year’s winner will also be presented with the newly established Jason Leffler Memorial Champion Ring – which features Leffler’s NASCAR number 38. Stringer created the champion ring as a way to give each winner a piece of Leffler’s memory to carry with them away from the track.

 

In remembering Leffler, Stringer had this to say:

 

“He was a fierce competitor, aggressive on the track as so many can attest to but gracious and generous when the helmet came off. He was someone who lived life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment. He was a loyal friend and loving son and brother. Above all, he was an amazing father to Charlie Dean.”

 

In addition to the memorial race, Stringer will also host a pre-race auction/party on Thursday October 22, 2015 in Whittington, Illinois. The event starts at 6PMand will feature a signed Clint Bowyer fire suit, Hendrick Motorsports memorabilia, Kasey Kahne memorabilia, Junior Motorsports memorabilia, Russell Wilson QB for Seattle Seahawks memorabilia, Jason Leffler memorabilia, a signed Ben Folds vinyl record and various other items. For more information on the Jason Leffler Memorial Auction or Race, visit www.RaceWayneCounty.com or www.facebook.com/racewaynecountyspeedway

 

Millican continues the hunt for his first Wally…

 

Millican has some impressive performance stats.  He has six consecutive World Championships and is noted as the winningest driver in IHRA history with 52 national event wins. He has more trophies and awards than he can count except for one – a famed Wally.  Millican and his team have set high goals for themselves including a NHRA championship but it all starts with one thing – a Wally.

 

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.

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Life comes full circle for Millican and former rival Doug Herbert…

 

It’s been 13-years since Clay Millican and Doug Herbert, aka Dougzilla, captivated the trackside crowd and at-home audience of the NHRA Maple Grove race by engaging in a nearly two-minute burndown. Their infamous staging lane stand-off fueled an intense rivalry between the two Top Fuel racers. However, over the years these two fierce competitors’ relationship has morphed into an incredibly close friendship – that only grew closer over the past few months.

 

In 2008, Herbert’s two sons were tragically killed in an automobile accident – prompting his creation of the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) program to educate teen drivers and promote safe driving practices. Herbert’s loss was one that Millican sympathized with, but until this August had no way to fully measure its depth. Reflecting on his return to Maple Grove this weekend, Millican described the evolution of his relationship with Herbert as “something that was one of my most fierce rivalries, but has now become one of my dearest friendships.” Millican not only talks to Herbert “all the time now,” but continues to support the B.R.A.K.E.S. program – having recently attended a B.R.A.K.E.S. event in September.

 

Grubnic tightens up tuning program…

 

Last weekend’s Midwest Nationals proved a lot to driver Clay Millican and crew-chief David Grubnic – most importantly, that their Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster can compete with the best in the field. While Millican was edged out of a Round 1 win by one-one thousandth of a second against the Army car, the Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster performed exactly as Grubnic had anticipated.

 

Coming into the season, Grubnic had a plan to collect as much data as possible during this first year – while still remaining competitive. Although the team is no longer in the championship point race, they have tightened their tuning program significantly after identifying some areas of improvement following the U.S. Nationals. Speaking to the team’s impressive performance at Charlotte and nail-biting round loss in St. Louis Millican said, “without question Grubby is starting to get this car to the point where when we’re at the track we’re not only going to run good, but we’re going to run as good as any car in the country.” As the team heads into this weekend’s action at Maple Grove, Millican sees no reason their performance won’t continue.

 

Millican continues the hunt for his first Wally…

 

Millican has some impressive performance stats.  He has six consecutive World Championships and is noted as the winningest driver in IHRA history with 52 national event wins. He has more trophies and awards than he can count except for one – a famed Wally.  Millican and his team have set high goals for themselves including a NHRA championship but it all starts with one thing – a Wally.

 

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.