Millican’s redemption in Denver…
Before the team even touched down in Denver, it was the race Millican’s own crew chief, David Grubnic, characterized as “the most challenging event of the year.” High altitude, thin air and soaring temperatures could have spelled trouble, but Millican and his Stringer Performance team took to the track like they’ve been racing here for years.
The team perfectly executed Grubnic’s plan to add more compression and take away a lot of fuel in order to combat the track’s high altitude and low oxygen. It was clear in qualifying that the team was prepared, as the Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster went straight down the racetrack three of out four times. The highlight came in Saturday’s Q4, when Millican made his quickest pass of the weekend with a [email protected] to put the team in the 10th qualifying spot.
On Sunday, Millican faced off against Dave Connolly in the first round of eliminations. Both cars shook the tires, but Millican was able to hang on for the win. For the second round of eliminations, Millican lined up against Steve Torrence for what turned out to be one of the best races of the weekend. Unfortunately, Millican’s [email protected] mph was just edged out by Torrence’s [email protected] to win by a margin of 0.0524 seconds (approximately 24 feet).
Millican qualifies for fan vote in Traxxas Shootout at Indy…
Millican may still be sitting just outside the fence, in 11th place, for a spot in the upcoming Countdown to the Championship point battle. However, he’s got a chance to clinch a spot in the Traxxas Shootout held during the U.S. Nationals in Indy – with his fan’s help. The final spot of the shootout is reserved for the driver who receives the most amount of fan votes, during the open voting period on the NHRA’s Facebook page.
Fan voting for this year’s Traxxas Shootout will begin immediately following the conclusion of the race at Brainerd and will last until Noon on Tuesday September 1st, the day before the NHRA Fan Fest in Indy.
Keep a lookout on Clay Millican/ Stringer Performance social media channels and on StringerPerformance.com for additional voting information.
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 Motorsports 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.