Clay Millican/ Stringer Performance Fast Facts: NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, TX

Clay Millican/ Stringer Performance Fast Facts

NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, TX

April 29 – May 1, 2016

 

Stringer Performance Fast Facts

 

 

2016 Season

  • 4th in standings
  • 5 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 #1 qualifier
  • 1 finals
  • 4 semi-finals
  • 3 round two appearances
  • 5 round one appearances

 

 

NHRA Career

  • 224 career starts
  • 0 wins
  • 2 #1 qualifiers
  • 3.722 best E.T.
  • 327.27 best speed

Millican teams up with Valvoline for influencer event…

Nobody can say Clay Millican doesn’t know how to stay busy! After racing to the finals last weekend in Charlotte, Millican will be pit stopping his way to Houston for this weekend’s Spring Nationals.

 

One of his biggest stops will be in Lexington, Kentucky where Millican will meet with representatives from team sponsor Valvoline as a part of the company’s “Influencer” event.  Millican will participate in a Team Valvoline Racing panel discussion on Thursday, which is something he is very excited to do. Speaking about Valvoline’s involvement in his career Millican said, “They’re a huge supporter of the race team and have been for a long time. I am very excited to have the chance to talk to people on their team I’ve known for years, meet some of their new team members and to see their facilities.”

 

Lights, Camera, Ask Clay’s Crew…

 

The camera lens is turning in the Stringer Performance shop. Clay Millican’s crew will be featured in an upcoming social media video that will highlight crew members answering questions from fans submitted to the Parts Plus Twitter account @PartsPlusHQ using the #AskClaysCrew.

 

Highlights of the video will be released leading up to the Kansas Nationals in Topeka. Release of the full video will be announced with the highlight reels. In addition to the crew focused video, the team will also launch a biography section on StringerPerformance.com to further highlight the incredible people who make each weekend at the track possible for our team!

 

Thank You Stylists…

 

Clay Millican and the entire Stringer Performance crew are sending out a special “Thank You” from the race track this weekend to all of the Great Clips stylists across the country! The team will be racing with a special “We Love Stylist” decal on the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster.

 

Millican and the Stringer Performance team will also be joining fellow Great Clips Racing teammates in sending out special messages on social media to show their appreciation.

 

 

Quote from Clay Millican on the weekend ahead in Houston…

 

 

“Houston was really great to us last season. I have been to a final round there before and after last weekend in Charlotte I think it’s something we can do again. One of the best things about this track is its history. Every time I think about racing in Texas, I always think of Eddie Hill the Texas Top Fuel guy. It may not make a lot of sense to other people, but that’s what sticks in my head especially when we’re going to a place with so much history.”

 

About Stringer Performance

 

Established in 2015, Stringer Performance is entering its second year of competition in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with veteran Top Fuel driver Clay Millican. Owned by Doug Stringer who has a lengthy resume in the racing industry in both NHRA and NASCAR, the team is based in McLeansboro, IL where Stringer resides. The team is led by crew chief David Grubnic, a former NHRA Top Fuel driver turned tuner, and general manager Lance Larsen. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips, UNOH and Weld Racing.

Going Four It: UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips Driver Clay Millican Reaches Four-Wide Finals

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 25, 2016: As Clay Millican headed to Charlotte’s zMAX Dragway last week, the popular UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips driver decided to embrace the craziness that makes the Four-Wide Nationals the most unique event in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.

 

“Don’t get me wrong I actually like it [four-wide racing],” Millican says. “But I have to tell you, I’m glad we only do it once a year.”

 

The main reason for Millican’s sentiment toward the Four-Wide Nationals was also one of the biggest challenges last weekend for all of the teams – lanes three and four at the track.  These lanes are only used for this event and see just three days of racing once a year, which can leave a lot to be desired in their conditioning.

 

“We had lane four in Q1, and it was like taking off on ice,” Millican says. “We just did not move. It was a problem everybody else had to deal with, too. The only thing we could do to combat it was to keep focused on doing on our own thing.”

 

After the second run on Friday was cancelled due to rain, Millican came out guns blazing on Saturday, running a 3.80 in lane one.

 

“That’s exactly what Grubby [crew chief David Grubnic] was looking for after the lane problems and weather on Friday, a solid run right down the racetrack,” Millican says.

 

With qualifying assured, Grubnic tuned up the UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster for the final round of qualifying, and it paid off. Millican ran a 3.75 and finished qualifying in the 5th spot.

 

With lane choice on their mind, the Stringer Performance team aggressively approached Sunday’s first elimination quad. The UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster nailed Grubnic’s target number, running a 3.756 at 326.40 to win the quad on a holeshot over Doug Kalitta, who also advanced in the unusual four-wide format.

 

“Obviously, we were thrilled with that win because we wanted to maintain lane choice and stay out of lanes three and four as we continued to advance,” Millican said.

 

Moving into the next quad, Grubnic dialed the car back a bit and targeted a 3.78—3.80, as Millican lined up four-wide against some likeminded heavy hitters: Kalitta, Steve Torrence and Tony Schumacher. Once again the UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster advanced, this time to the finals, finishing second in the quad.

 

The task didn’t get any easier in the final round of the day, with Millican facing Kalitta, Antron Brown and Brittany Force. Given the competition, Grubnic targeted a 3.73—3.75, but the UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster couldn’t hang on and spun the tires.

 

“We knew who we were up against there in the finals, so we weren’t going to play around,” Millican says. “It was time to get in there and get with it, but we lost traction a couple hundred feet into the race and the tires were done.”

 

“Usually when you’re racing four-wide, you pretty much have to drive it all the way to the end because it’s difficult to keep your eyes on three other cars to see how they’re doing. I saw the car next to me fly past, and then I cranked my head around to the see the wings on the other two cars already ahead of me. So at that point, I shut it off because there was no need blowing an engine if we weren’t going to get the win.”

 

Nonetheless, Millican was thrilled with the UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips team’s hard work. The crew had the car serviced, on the ground and ready to go well ahead of time after each elimination round Sunday. The team also didn’t hurt a part all weekend, which is no small feat when racing four-wide.

 

Fueled by Millican’s second quad win, the UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips driver passed Steve Torrence in the Top Fuel points race, moving up one notch to 4th.

 

 

2016 NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Point Standings (following Charlotte):

 

  1. Brittany Force 428
  2. Antron Brown 365
  3. Doug Kalitta 344
  4. Clay Millican 318
  5. Steve Torrence 310
  6. J.R. Todd 289
  7. Terry McMillen 242
  8. Tony Schumacher 242
  9. Richie Crampton 240
  10. Leah Pritchett 220

 

 

Next Race

NHRA Spring Nationals

April 29—May 1

Royal Purple Raceway

Houston, TX

Dalton Millican Scholarship Fund Established at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH)

McLeansboro, IL (April 22, 2016) – Stringer Performance and UNOH are proud to announce the creation of the Dalton Millican Scholarship Fund at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) to benefit students in the University’s College of Applied Technologies, Automotive/ High Performance Degree Program. The scholarship honors Millican, the son of veteran drag racer and Stringer Performance driver Clay Millican, who was tragically killed in a single person motorcycle accident near his family home in Drummonds, TN in August, 2015.

 

The scholarship will award deserving students $2,500 that will be applied to the student’s full academic year cost.  The yearly scholarship is open to incoming freshman and current students in the program.  Additional stipulations of the scholarship include:

 

  • Open only to UNOH College of Applied Technologies, Automotive and/or High Performance Degree Program students.
  • Student must be deemed worthy of financial assistance as judged by appropriate college officials.
  • Student must meet the criteria set forth for college entrance by UNOH admissions personnel.
  • Student must have maintained a minimum of a 2.50 High School GPA during their senior year.
  • The awarded scholarship cannot be bought, sold or transferred to any other person without consideration.

 

Up to two (2) scholarships may be awarded each year based on the yearly income of the scholarship fund.  Donations to the Dalton Millican Scholarship Fund can be made by mailing them to the following:

 

The University of Northwestern Ohio

Attn: Stephen Farmer, VP Development

1441 N. Cable Rd., Lima, OH 45805

(All checks should be made out to Dalton Millican / UNOH Scholarship Fund).

 

Millican, who currently sits fifth in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship point standings, is honored to have his son remembered in such a meaningful way.

“Donna and I were surprised and very gracious that UNOH came to us and asked if they could create this scholarship to help carry on other people’s passion for motorsports, like Dalton had,” Millican said.  “It is a huge honor for us to have Dalton honored in this way and we couldn’t be more proud to be involved with the Dalton Millican Scholarship Fund. It’s going to change someone’s life and that is such a true gift.”

UNOH President, Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis is honored to be able to offer a scholarship like this to incoming and continuing UNOH students stating, “UNOH is very proud to help continue the legacy of Dalton Millican by assisting a young man or young women with a scholarship that will enable them to continue their education and fulfill their dreams of having a career in motorsports. A career that Dalton and his family love and cherish.”

 

 

 

About Dalton Millican

Dalton Clay Millican is the youngest son of Top Fuel Driver Clay Millican and his wife Donna. Growing up in a racing family, the youngest Millican fell in love with motor sports on dirt and excelled in ATV racing – winning one of the oldest most prestigious races on the ATV national circuit, the 450A class Dirt Days race at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, when he was only 18-years-old.  The combination of his raw talent, determination, passion and a lot of love from his family allowed Dalton to pursue his dream of racing all the way to the driver’s seat of the monster truck, Blue Thunder, on Feld Motorsports More Monster Jam tour.  The More Monster Jam Tour took him across the United States and then the world. It was an incredible time in the young racer’s life, as his talent shown brighter with every run across the arena floor.  Tragically during his offseason from Monster Jam on August 13, 2015, Dalton was killed in a single person motorcycle accident near his family home in Drummonds, TN.

 

About the University of Northwestern Ohio

The University of Northwestern Ohio is an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, university founded in 1920.  UNOH is located in Lima, Ohio, and the campus is situated on 200 acres.  There are five colleges within the university: College of Applied Technologies, College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, and the Graduate College.  UNOH is a co-ed campus and has taught students from all 50 states and 32 foreign countries, and currently has more than 4500 students enrolled from 40 states and 30 foreign countries.  At UNOH there is no out-of-state tuition.  UNOH offers more than 60 different programs of study including Master’s, Baccalaureate, Associate, and Diploma programs.  The University of Northwestern Ohio also offers a variety of collegiate athletics including Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Tennis Golf, Bowling, and Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Baseball, Women’s Softball, and six Co-Ed Motorsports teams.   For more information, visit www.unoh.edu

Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC

 

Stringer Performance Fast Facts

 

 

2016 Season

  • 5th in standings
  • 4 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 #1 qualifier
  • 0 finals
  • 2 semi-finals
  • 3 round two appearances
  • 4 round one appearances

 

 

NHRA Career

  • 223 career starts
  • 0 wins
  • 2 #1 qualifiers
  • 3.722 best E.T.
  • 327.27 best speed

Millican teams up with sponsor UNOH for busy weekend in Charlotte…

Clay Millican is getting ready for another jammed pack weekend at the track during the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. His newly wrapped UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster will make its debut this weekend as a part of the University of Northwestern Ohio’s (UNOH) new motorsports student orientation.

 

The University will hold a special press conference on Friday at 3:00pm EST at the zMAX Dragway’s media center to announce a special project with Millican. On Saturday, Millican will join UNOH faculty members and other select NHRA drivers to speak to students at the orientation session. It is an orientation session that some of Millican’s crew members are very familiar with, having joined the Stringer Performance team at the beginning of the season after their graduation from the program.

 

 

Millican and Grubnic look to repeat success in Charlotte…

 

zMAX Dragway was a great track for the newly formed Stringer Performance team last season and they hope their success continues there this weekend. The team secured their first final round appearance last year during the 4-Wide Nationals, then cemented their first number one qualifier at that fall’s Carolina Nationals.

 

The team’s next steps for this weekend are to rebound from their slight points slip in Vegas and to bring home that first Wally.

 

Millican hits the green for a great cause…

 

This Thursday before he suits up for another 4-Wide Top Fuel showdown in Charlotte, Clay Millican will face off against an old rival – on the golf course. Millican will be participating in the annual B.R.A.K.E.S. “Take it to the Track” golf tournament to raise funds for the B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) program. Founded by Millican’s formal rival Doug Herbert, the program seeks to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving.

 

Millican and Herbert will be speaking at a special B.R.A.K.E.S. event on May 10th at Munford High School outside of Memphis, TN. The duo will join forces again on August 27th & 28th to put on a full B.R.A.K.E.S. class with driving lessons at the Memphis International Raceway.

 

 

Quote from Clay Millican on the weekend ahead in Charlotte…

 

 

“After our races in Charlotte last year, we obviously want to get that final win light this weekend. Our team was still brand new at this race last year, but we got to that final round and we almost turned on the win light. We were actually leading at the 60’ mark and then a parts malfunction knocked us out. That’s something we’re ready to change this year.

 

When you sit back and look at racing in Charlotte for our team, there are a lot of reasons why it would be a great place to get that first win. The track is one of Donna and I’s favorites to visit the whole season. Everything from the facility to the weather and the people you meet out here make it a wonderful racing environment. We reached new team milestones at each race we had here last year. Plus, the history that our team owner, Doug Stringer, has with the racing community in Charlotte, a win would be an incredible end to the weekend.”

 

About Stringer Performance

 

Established in 2015, Stringer Performance is entering its second year of competition in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with veteran Top Fuel driver Clay Millican. Owned by Doug Stringer who has a lengthy resume in the racing industry in both NHRA and NASCAR, the team is based in McLeansboro, IL where Stringer resides. The team is led by crew chief David Grubnic, a former NHRA Top Fuel driver turned tuner, and general manager Lance Larsen. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips, UNOH and Weld Racing.

All Bets Are Off: Clay Millican, DENSO/Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Dragster Fold Early on Unpredictable Day in Vegas

 

LAS VEGAS, NV – April 4, 2016 – On a wild day that saw a number of surprises during the DENSO Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the DENSO/Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH driver Clay Millican suffered his first round-one elimination of the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

 

After qualifying 10th, Millican lined up against Dave Connolly for Sunday’s first round of eliminations. The popular DENSO/Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH driver seized the lead early on the strength of a great light. However, the unforgiving track surface quickly caused the tires to slip enough for Connolly to gain the edge and the win light.

 

“The same thing happened to us as every other ‘big dog’ car out there today; we got into trouble with the track,” Millican says. “I pedaled it and tried to get hooked back up, but didn’t get it to hold on in time. I saw him [Connolly] go right by me, and said to myself, ‘well, shoot.’ Typically, the track surface in Vegas is incredible. Unfortunately, today something was off with the track as a lot of teams found out firsthand.”

 

Officially, Connolly’s [email protected] mph was enough to score the upset over Millican and his [email protected]  Nonetheless, Millican was pleased with the young team’s attitude regarding the surprising early elimination.

 

“I’ve been around long enough to know that you’re going to have some weird days like this that are just part of racing. We have some younger guys on our team that have not experienced the feeling yet. I think these kids are all fired up to ensure it doesn’t happen again anytime soon.”

 

Most important, with a lot of big names losing early, Millican only dropped to 5th in points at the end of a disappointing day.

 

“Hey, to be 5th in points this early in the season with a team that’s only going to get better? I’ll take it.”

About Stringer Performance

 

Established in 2015, Stringer Performance is entering its second year of competition in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with veteran Top Fuel driver Clay Millican. Owned by Doug Stringer who has a lengthy resume in the racing industry in both NHRA and NASCAR, the team is based in McLeansboro, IL where Stringer resides. The team is led by crew chief David Grubnic, a former NHRA Top Fuel driver turned tuner, and general manager Lance Larsen. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips, UNOH and Weld Racing.