NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN – Fast Facts

Millican comes in second in Cordova…

 

Clay Millican and his Stringer Performance team spent the weekend before the U.S. Nationals fine tuning their race strategy. The team competed in the World Series of Drag Racing event in Cordova, Illinois over the weekend. The match race gave Millican’s team the chance to keep their timing and tuning sharp ahead of the races set to start this week in Indy. After trying out a few new tuning ideas, the team raced their way to a second place finish.

 

In addition to a great weekend of racing, the team’s stop in Cordova gave them to chance to watch some other great racers and add a few new sponsors to their Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster. Nuss Truck & Equipment has joined on for the rest of the season following the Brainerd race. The entire Stringer Performance team is happy to add new members to our nitro family with the addition of everyone at Nuss!

 

Millican looks to take back spot in the championship point standings…

 

It’s a make or break weekend in Indy for Millican as he needs to make up a 124 point deficit to land a spot in the championship point standings. Millican along with his Stringer Performance team need to make it to the final round of the U.S. Nationals in order to clinch the number ten spot and make a solid run at taking the top prize their first season on the track.

 

No matter the outcome at Indy, Millican and the entire Stringer Performance team will finish out the last few races of the season – still aiming to bring home a Wally!

 

Millican & team meet Don Garlits in Cordova…

 

As a Top Fuel team, there is no greater moment than meeting the God Father of your sport. Before Clay Millican slid into the driver’s seat of his Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster for the last time on Saturday night in Cordova – he let another man have a seat in it first. “Big Daddy” Don Garlits made a special stop by the Stringer Performance pit to talk with the team and wish them luck as they head into the U.S. Nationals.

 

 

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.

Clay Millican Comes Up Short in Seattle

SEATTLE, Aug. 10, 2015: Locked in a tight points battle to qualify for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, Clay Millican had the perfect opportunity to close the gap at Sunday’s 28thannual NHRA Northwest Nationals.

After struggling in qualifying Friday night, crew chief Dave Grubnic made some adjustments to the Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster to run a solid [email protected] in Q4. Millican’s incremental times: 60ft-0.834 sec., 330ft-2.160, 660ft-3.100/270.27 mph.

Although the team’s goal is always to qualify in the top half of the field, the No. 11 qualifying spot placed Millican in a first-round elimination matchup with JR Todd.

“We really need some round wins to catch up in points and we also needed Todd and the other drivers ahead of us to lose early, so this was a great opportunity,” Millican says.

In what turned out to be one of the best side-by-side races of the day, Todd turned in his quickest pass of the weekend to take the win light, with his 3.763 edging Millican’s 3.783—about 0.0553 seconds (approximately 26 feet). In a losing effort, the Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster also had it quickest pass of the weekend, but it wasn’t enough.

“That was the number we were aiming for, but we came up a little short,” Millican says.

Even more frustrating for Millican, Todd went on to win the event, putting the Parts Plus/Great Clips driver in a bigger hole points-wise. The victory propelled Todd to the number 6 spot in points while Millican remains on the outside looking in the 11th spot, less than 100 points behind Steve Torrence at No. 10.

“We’re gonna need a lot of win lights and maybe a little luck to get there, but this team is awesome and believes we can get it done.”

NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle – Fast Facts

Millican’s looks forward to another GREAT weekend of racing…

Clay Millican is ready to close out the last race of the 2015 western swing with a win! Coming off of two very successful races in Denver & Sonoma, the entire Stringer Performance team is ready to bring home a Wally as they close out the swing’s last race this weekend in Seattle.

Last weekend’s race in Sonoma saw Millican’s crew rocket their Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster to not one, but two career-best runs for Millican. Their fastest run of the weekend, a

3.738 during round one of eliminations on Sunday, not only topped his Friday night run but was also the quickest any car would ran all day.

 

Grubnic’s data collection is paying off in dragster tuning…

In his first year tuning, Stringer Performance crew chief David Grubnic has continued to make significant strides towards creating a championship caliber dragster. Grubnic joined the Stringer Performance crew at the beginning of the year when team owner Doug Stringer had nothing more than a toolbox and a dream.

Now eight months later, Grubnic along with the incredible piloting of Millican have helped guide their new team into the perfect position for a championship run. Millican is sitting just outside of the top-10 in the championship point race, but with incredible showing over the past two races the team is confident they’ll seal their position soon.

One reason for their optimism is the team has increased their Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster’s tuning window through their tireless collection of data throughout the season.  Millican explains, “At the beginning of the year, the tuning window—that is, the variance of making the car go down the racetrack or not—was so small that it was exceptionally quick when the car made it, but it was also very close to spinning the tires all the time. So for many races now, the team has been working on calming the car down a bit and making that tuning window bigger.” The team’s last few races, especially their incredible performance in the thin air of Denver, are a significant indicator to how much their data collection throughout the season is paying off when it counts.

 

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 fans 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.