No wings for Pittman – wins the Jason Leffler Memorial
Wayne City, Illinois and Wayne County Speedway honored the memory of fallen NASCAR, USAC and World of Outlaws Sprintcar favorite Jason Leffler who tragically lost his life in a race accident one year ago.
The POWRi group together with Wayne County Speedway owner Doug Stringer are the two forces behind this event and the roll up of midget and Sprintcar drivers exceeded 38 on the night
The second annual Leffler Memorial attracted the best midget teams plus USAC Sprint drivers and World of Outlaws.
Defending Woo Champion Daryn Pittman, NASCAR’S JJ Yeley and the record breaking USAC Sprints , Peoples Champ Dave Darland added some extra spice to what turned out to be a wonderful night of midget racing and a successful night of fund raising in support of Jason’s son, Charlie Dean Leffler.
On the Monday before the race a special benefit concert and fund raiser featuring Ryan Daniel the 2014 Indie Music Channel (IMC) winner of album and country song of the year. Lots of special items were donated and auctioned off including an autographed Larry Bird Basket Ball.
Danny Stratton produced the Jason Leffler memorial helmet for the race and it was included in the auction during the benefit Concert. ” We tried to keep it true Lefturn style with gold leaf and flat colors….words can’t explain how hard it was to paint this……… miss you bud and that stupid grin “ Danny Stratton
Proceeds from the Danny Stratton’s Jason Leffler memorial Helmets go directly to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Fund. 100% of the front gate entry on race night was also donated to the fund and the race received sponsorship from Great Clips
As always the Speedway community came together in support of one of the racing family , it is a special part of Speedway that makes you love the sport and the commitment of all those involved .
I can hear you saying what about the race. A race worthy of its billing, Daryn Pittman certainly did not need a wing tonight .Starting out of P8 in the 40 lap Feature and with Bell and Clauson on the front row and Abreu and Daum ahead .Pittman’s win was awesome and special for a number of reason least of all the $10,000 winner’s purse. To win the Leffler Memorial, a very special race close to every racers heart and to beat the midget starts at their own game
.Pittman’s words after the race tell it all “WOW! We just won the Leffler memorial! We just beat Keith Kunz and Rusty Kunz cars .Petty cool a winged driver takes on and beat the best Midget guys at their own game.”
The final placing after the 40 lap feature at Wayne County Speedway: