AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, MO – Fast Facts

Stringer Performance Fast Facts

 

A Stringer Performance First  – #1 qualifier in Charlotte…

 

Clay Millican claimed his third career #1 qualifier position in Top Fuel last weekend at the Carolina Nationals. His 3.758 seconds at 318.77 mph run in his Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster on Friday night also marked the first #1 qualifier position for the newly formed Stringer Performance team.   The run allowed Millican a first round bye into eliminations on Sunday and gave the team a chance to use the run to test out the track as they prepared to face-off against J.R. Todd in round two. Unfortunately, it wasn’t in the cards for Millican to bring home his first Wally as a minor mechanical issue gave Todd just enough room to land a 3.929 second run that edged out Millican’s 4.067 seconds for the round win. While it wasn’t the outcome Millican and his young team were looking for over the weekend, it has reignited their fire to finish out the season with their first Wally in hand!

 

The Stringer Performance team is ready to race for hometown crowd…

 

This weekend’s Midwest Nationals held at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois will be the closest race to the Stringer Performance team’s home-base of McLeansboro, Illinois that the team will compete in all season. Leading up to the race team owner Doug Stringer helped orchestrate several community involvement activities and awareness campaigns to rally fan support from across Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky and Southern Missouri including a 500 ticket giveaway into the four-state market that was capped off with a Nitro Night event held during McLeansboro’s annual Fall Festival on September 11th. Millican and his Stringer Performance crew are hoping that some hometown luck and local pride will carry up to St. Louis with them this weekend for the Midwest Nationals. The team is expecting over 400 guests in hospitality on Saturday alone. Their four-state wide ticket promotion will infuse an additional 500 visitors to their pit area on Sunday.

 

 

Millican & team prepare to finish the season strong…

 

It hasn’t been the season Stringer, Millican, and David Grubnic (crew chief) envisioned less than a year ago when they decided to form Stringer Performance. In many ways it has been better.  The NHRA Top Fuel field is always incredibly competitive, but Millican’s new team has held on and created some storybook moments for the young team. In Indy, Millican’s fan support mixed with a little luck landed him in the last open spot for the Traxxas Nitro Shootout – and lined him up against Tony Schumacher. The motto “you’ve got to beat the best to be the best” has carried Millican and his team throughout this season. On that bright Saturday in Indy, this young team proved they’ve got what it takes to be the best. They may not be racing for the Championship these last few races, but they are still racing – and aiming to bring home a Wally.

 

 

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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Millican looks to repeat his finals appearance in Charlotte…

Clay Millican ended his first race of the season in Charlotte with a spot in the final round. This time down the track at zMAX Dragway he’s planning to end the weekend in the winner’s circle. Millican made his first finals appearance of the season earlier this year during the Four-Wide Nationals. After some underlying mechanical issues were discovered following the team’s performance at the U.S. Nationals in Indy, crew-chief David Grubnic is ready to put the team’s new adjustments into play this weekend in Charlotte.

The team participated in a Nitro Night celebration held in their team hometown of McLeansboro, Illinois. During the event the team fired their Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster twice for the hometown crowd. The firing not only gave them the chance to let some of their biggest supports experience the power of the dragster, but it allowed the team to walk through and examine the car again ahead of this weekend in Charlotte.

 

Millican & team prepare to finish the season strong…

It hasn’t been the season Clay Millican, David Grubnic and Team Owner, Doug Stringer envisioned less than a year ago when they decided to form Stringer Performance. In many ways, this first season has been better. The NHRA Top Fuel field is always incredibly competitive, but Millican’s new team has held on and created some storybook moments for the young team. They’ve also turned the heads of some of the greatest competitors in this sport. In Indy, Millican’s fan support mixed with a little luck landed him in the last open spot for the Traxxas Nitro Shootout – and lined him up against Tony Schumacher. The motto you’ve got to beat the best to be the best has carried Millican and his team throughout this season. On that bright Saturday in Indy, this young team proved they’ve got what it takes to be the best. They may not be racing for the Championship these last few races, but they are still racing – and aiming to bring home a Wally.

 

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.