Déjà Vu in Norwalk for Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Team

 

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

(following Norwalk)

 

  1. Doug Kalitta                  1,009
  2. Antron Brown               940
  3. Steve Torrence             846
  4. Brittany Force               832
  5. Tony Schumacher        729
  6. Shawn Langdon           711
  7. J.R. Todd                      645
  8. Clay Millican               572
  9. Richie Crampton          570
  10. 10.Leah Pritchett              462

 

NEXT RACE

Route 66 Nationals

Chicago

July 7–10

Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, OH

Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts

NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, OH

June 23 – 26, 2016

 

Stringer Performance Fast Facts

 

 

2016 Season

  • 8th standings
  • 11 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 #1 qualifier
  • 1 finals
  • 4 semi-finals
  • 5 round two appearances
  • 11 round one appearances

 

 

NHRA Career

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

 

Millican & fellow Great Clips Racing teammates join up to support Children’s Hospital of Minnesota…

 

Clay Millican and fellow Great Clips Racing teammate and World of Outlaws driver Daryn Pittman spent a little time on the golf course together Monday afternoon in support of the Great Clips Charity Golf Tournament, which took place near Minneapolis, Minnesota the corporate home of Great Clips. The annual golf tournament benefits the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota. Millican began his day with another Great Racing teammate, Kasey Kahne, visiting the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. There they met with patients and their families in front of the Great Clips Racing #5 Chevy that Kahne drives in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Millican and Kahne also spent some time inside the hospital visiting kids and their parents in their rooms.

 

Quote from Clay Millican on the weekend ahead in Norwalk…

“Without even thinking about how nice of a facility Norwalk is the first thing I think about is how great the staff is there. The Bader family, who own the track, are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. This place and people think about one thing, and that is how to make sure the fans have a good time. They make that happen every race.”

 

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.

Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Team Suffers Narrow 1st-Round Upset Despite Solid Run at Thunder Valley

BRISTOL, TENN., June 20, 2016:  The Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Top Fuel team was back in action last weekend at Thunder Valley for the third stop on the 2016 NHRA Eastern Swing. After a few tough situations during the first few stops on the swing, the team came into the Bristol race full force.

 

On Friday night, Millican’s blistering 3.805 second at 318.39 mph Q2 run was good enough to lock the team into the 7th qualifying position for the weekend. While the team played with a few areas on the car, including some adjustments to the head gaskets, during the qualifying sessions, they were ready and confident the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster would put up strong numbers in Round One on Sunday.

 

Millican said, leading up to Bristol, “we were having some issues with head gaskets, and we struggled with that (a bit) in qualifying. Every run was a little different, but by the time we got to race day we felt really good about the car.”

 

In the end, Millican and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster put on an incredible drag race against Pat Dakin. However, in racing sometimes you just get beat and that was the team’s lot this weekend.

 

“We were really happy with what the car ran, but obviously we were disappointed that we got beat. The truth is we ran what we intended to do. However, what we did not expect was what Pat Dakin did. It was an incredible run for him, and he flat-out beat us.” Millican said.

 

With their drive to win reignited by their strong performance in Bristol, the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Top Fuel team travels to Norwalk, Ohio this week for the fourth and final stop on the NHRA Eastern Swing.

 

“The crew guys are running ragged, but being the young men that they are they just keep on truckin’,” Millican says. “We left Bristol with a pretty good feeling because the car responded to what we were trying to do. Now we’re looking ahead to Norwalk.”

 

2016 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS

(following Bristol)

 

  1. Doug Kalitta                  926
  2. Antron Brown               873
  3. Steve Torrence            846
  4. Brittany Force               754
  5. Tony Schumacher        675
  6. Shawn Langdon           595
  7. J.R. Todd                      562
  8. Clay Millican               540
  9. Richie Crampton          535
  10. Leah Pritchett           412

 

NEXT RACE

Summit Nationals

Norwalk, Ohio

June 23–27

Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, TN

Clay Millican/ Stringer Performance Fast Facts

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, TN

June 17 – 19, 2016

 

2016 Season

  • 7th standings
  • 10 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 #1 qualifier
  • 1 finals
  • 4 semi-finals
  • 5 round two appearances
  • 10 round one appearances

 

 

NHRA Career

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

UNOH takes primary positioning role on Millican’s dragster at Bristol…

This weekend the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) will once again take the top spot on Clay Millican’s dragster.  During the University’s first primary placement of the season, Millican stormed the field to his first finals appearance. It’s a performance that UNOH’s Vice President of Corporate Development Steve Farmer hopes the team can repeat this weekend in Bristol.

“Clay and this team have been knocking on the door of a win for a long time now,” said Farmer. “They did a lot of great racing in our first primary sponsorship race at Charlotte, and I think that performance is something they can carry over into this weekend. I’ve known several of the guys on this team for years and we have a UNOH graduate on the team; it would be incredible to see that dragster in the winner’s circle with the UNOH wrap on and these people around it.”

 

Millican to visit Minneapolis Children’s Hospital on Monday

Clay Millican won’t be heading home right after this weekend’s race in Bristol. Instead, the UNOH/Parts Plus/ Great Clips driver will be joining fellow Great Clips Racing drivers Kasey Kahne and Daryn Pittman at the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital on Monday afternoon to visit with kids and their families. The annual visit is in conjunction with the Great Clips Charity Golf Tournament that benefits Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota based in Minneapolis where Great Clips corporate headquarters is located.

 

Team Millican wins big at Memphis International Raceway media day…

Clay Millican took home a different kind of racing trophy earlier this week at the Memphis International Raceway media day on Tuesday June 14th. The media day event saw Millican facing off against World Series of Drag Racing organizers and media members who were divided into two teams with Millican captaining the winning team. Millican’s winning strategy included riding along with his team members to teach them the finer points of drag racing and then driving anchor, ultimately bringing home the trophy for Team Millican.

Millican and his UNOH/Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster will be racing at the year’s World Series of Drag Racing event, which will be held at the Memphis International Raceway on August 26-27. The event will coincide with Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) teen pro-active driving school that he and Millican have been promoting across the Memphis area for the past few months. To learn more about the school visit: www.PutOnTheBrakes.org

 

Quote from Clay Millican on the weekend ahead in Bristol…

“Those who say man can’t move mountains have obviously never met Bruton Smith. I have raced at Bristol before Bruton owned the track and after he owned it. In my first-hand experience, I can tell you he literally moved mountains here. This is a home state race for me, and I have made it to the final round here one other time. I know it would be a very special place to win, and I truly believe our team can go move a mountain this weekend to walk away with a Wally.”

 

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.

Summertime Slip: Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Team Englishtown Recap

 ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 13, 2016Clay Millican and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH team were anxious to get back on track at Englishtown’s Summernationals. The team has worked hard over the past few races to identify and make improvements on the dragster that should provide a bigger pay off in the latter half of the season.

 

“I couldn’t wait to get going,” Millican says. “I have a lot of nice memories at E-town, going all the way back to racing Shirley Muldowney years ago in front of a packed house on a Wednesday night. We were expecting to come out and go after it.”

 

Friday night saw Millican and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Top Fuel dragster put up some great early numbers in Q1 and Q2, but the tires didn’t hold.

 

On Saturday, the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster was again tuned up for a spectacular run that saw the tires slip, but not before securing Millican a place in the show for Sunday. With qualifying assured in the 16-car field, Stringer Performance crew chief David Grubnic dialed things back for Q4 to see the tire’s reaction and to improve Millican’s standing in the field. The resulting 3.867 run at 313.73mph left Millican qualified 11th for eliminations.

 

Sunday morning, Millican lined up in the right lane against Dom Lagana for the first round of eliminations. The Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster momentarily took the lead before hitting traction issues. While Lagana’s tires also started to slip, he was able to get things hooked back up and to get the win light just over Millican.

 

Speaking on the traction issues following Epping, Stringer Performance crew chief David Grubnic said, “In Epping, we dropped holes. After we found the problem, the motor was an animal again. It was saying, ‘What’s this? I like it!’ The clutch was saying, ‘OK, let’s do this!’ And the tires said, ‘Stop!’” As we look ahead into the UNOH primary sponsored race in Bristol this weekend, the team will be working hard to make those tires say go!

 

2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series

Top 10 Points (following Englishtown)

 

  1. Doug Kalitta                        847
  2. Antron Brown                     798
  3. Steve Torrence                    782
  4. Brittany Force                     693
  5. Tony Schumacher              577
  6. J.R. Todd                             528
  7. Clay Millican                  507
  8. Richie Crampton                483
  9. Shawn Langdon                 478
  10. Leah Pritchett                     377

 

NEXT RACE

Thunder Valley Nationals

Bristol Dragway, Bristol, TN

June 17–19th

Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ

NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ

June 9 – 12, 2016

Stringer Performance Fast Facts

 

 

2016 Season

  • 6th standings
  • 9 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 #1 qualifier
  • 1 finals
  • 4 semi-finals
  • 5 round two appearances
  • 9 round one appearances

 

 

NHRA Career

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

Millican & Stringer Performance expect first mega hospitality crowd of the season in Englishtown…

There is absolutely no doubt about it; Clay Millican loves spending time with his sponsors and hospitality crowd. While most people think this is just a common area of the job for all drivers, Millican always takes it to the next level and this weekend in Englishtown will be no exception. The Stringer Performance hospitality team is expecting one of their largest crowds of the season with well over 400 guests from sponsors such as Cal’s Auto Service, DENSO, Great Clips, Federal Mogul and Big City to name a few.

 

Hometown race time for the team’s two Jersey boys…

When the Stringer Performance team unloads their Parts Plus/ Great Clips/UNOH dragster at Englishtown this year, there will be a few extra special fans in attendance. Two of the team’s crew members called New Jersey home before taking to the road to chase their nitro-fueled dreams. Burlington Township native, John Gilbert, acts as a clutch assistant and handles tires for the team. While his fellow former Jersey boy and Closter native, Anthony Fragola, runs lead on the clutch. The two teammates are looking forward to getting their dragster into the Finals and raising a Wally in front of their families and hometown crowd this weekend.

 

Stringer Performance team hits New York City…

Ahead of the Summernationals this weekend in New Jersey, the Stringer Performance team made some time to check off another destination on their travel bucket list with a stop in New York City. It was a big departure from the team’s usual surroundings in McLeansboro, IL with a population of around 3,000 people to the largest city in the United States. The trip was a first time visit to the city for several team members who enjoyed trying New York style pizza and visiting some of the city’s biggest attractions such as Times Square.

 

Quote from Clay Millican on the weekend ahead in Englishtown…

“When I think Englishtown I think big crowds, low ETs, and fast speeds. One of my biggest racing memories from the track was when I raced Shirley Muldowney there on a Wednesday night and the place was packed! I’m talking packed on a Wednesday. That’s when you know a track produces some great racing because the fans come no matter what to catch the action. It’s fast and fun place to race, and I can’t wait to get going this 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.

Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts: NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, NH

Stringer Performance Fast Facts

 

 

2016 Season

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

 

 

NHRA Career

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

 

 

Millican and team prepare for the long swing…

It was a quick turnaround for the Stringer Performance team in their McLeansboro, Illinois shop after returning from Topeka. The team had a lot of work to get done ahead of the Eastern swing, which requires most teams to stay on the road for the duration of the four-week trip. Long hours and a lot of hard work later, the team was able to take in the Memorial Day weekend with their friends and family before heading off for four solid weeks of racing fun!

 

 

Stringer Performance team takes inspiration from World Wonder…

The Stringer Performance team hit the road early Tuesday morning for the trek east to the New England Nationals in Epping, NH. Along the way, they decided to take the opportunity for a team bonding moment by visiting one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls.

It was a bucket list moment for many team members who had yet to have the opportunity to experience the incredible power of the Falls in person. When you stand behind a 10,000 horsepower fire breathing monster every weekend it takes a lot to impress you, but the Falls never cease to amaze. After checking this stop off their bucket list, the team hopes to check off another item this weekend, too. Their first team Wally!

 

 

Quote from Clay Millican on the weekend ahead in Epping…

“I have a lot of history at this track from my IHRA days. It has always been a great track for me and I have been able to produce a lot of wins here. As a team, we are still in the hunt for that first NHRA win. We are ready to break the ice and to get those wins flowing. It is still incredible to me that this team was formed from nothing less than a year and a half ago, and now we are a third of the way thru our second season holding in the upper half of the points race. It speaks volumes to the people we have behind this car and their will to win.”

 

 

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.