NORWALK, OHIO, June 29, 2016: Heading into last Sunday’s elimination rounds, Clay Millican and crew chief David Grubnic were determined to not take their competition, Pat Dakin, lightly after dropping a close race the previous week at Bristol.
“On Saturday night, Grubby and I were talking about how we did exactly what we wanted to do last week, and Pat still beat us,” Millican says. “We knew Pat could run well. We were the last pair to go and the temperature just kept rising, making it pretty hot by the time we lined up. Then when it came time he got us again.”
After a “psychic light” by Dakin (0.012 reaction time), his dragster never trailed for the win over the Stringer Performance team.
The weekend started off solid with the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster hitting Grubnic’s exact planned number—a 3.82—in the first round of qualifying on Friday.
“Q1 was a confidence booster, and we knew we could go quicker,” Millican explained. “In Q2, we went out looking for a .74 and ended up with a 3.86, which obviously was not what we were trying to do. Not only that, but we also hurt the motor, which is very unusual for this team.
Based on the strength of Friday’s Q1 run, Millican qualified 9th, setting up the rematch with Dakin. Despite the 1st-round loss Sunday, Millican remains at No. 8 in the all-important top-10 point standings for the Countdown to the Championship.
After four consecutive weeks of racing, Millican and the Stringer Performance team will enjoy a rare 4th of July weekend off before looking to cause some fireworks of their own when the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Racing Series resumes in Chicago.
2016 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS
- Doug Kalitta 1,009
- Antron Brown 940
- Steve Torrence 846
- Brittany Force 832
- Tony Schumacher 729
- Shawn Langdon 711
- J.R. Todd 645
- Clay Millican 572
- Richie Crampton 570
- 10.Leah Pritchett 462
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