Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, CA

Clay Millican/ Stringer Performance Fast Facts

NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, CA

July 29 – 31, 2016

 

2016 Season

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

 

 

NHRA Career

  • 233 career starts
  • 0 wins
  • 3 #1 qualifiers
  • 3.722 best E.T.
  • 327.27 best speed

Millican & Stringer Performance team back on track…

Stringer Performance crew chief David Grubnic went into last weekend’s race at Denver with a plan that was executed to near perfection. This weekend the team hopes the momentum from last weekend continues to carry them to success as they take the track in Sonoma. To prepare for the weekend ahead, the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH team spent Mondayat the track in Denver servicing the dragster and going over the weekend’s events. On Tuesday, they began the drive West with a brief stopover on Wednesday to give the team a day off to rest and recuperate ahead of what they hope will be a very successful weekend in Sonoma.

 

Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster to feature special #MoreMinutes decal and Clay Millican Prize Pack Giveaway…

Clay Millican and Stringer Performance have partnered with team sponsor Great Clips on their annual “More Minutes” campaign that encourages people to let Great Clips know what they would do with more time in their day. The campaign is connected to Great Clips’ online check-in app that allows customers to schedule an appointment at the salon conveniently from their phone and helps eliminate their wait time. Fans will have the chance to win a Clay Millican prize pack by tagging Millican and Stringer Performance on their social media post about what they would do with more minutes in their day. All entries must include the official campaign hashtag (#MoreMinutes), which will also be featured on Millican’s Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster for the remainder of July and the entire month of August.

 

Great Clips to Sponsor Charity Haircuts at Sonoma Raceway…

Clay Millican doesn’t hide the fact that he’s had his fair share of haircuts since Great Clips came on as an official sponsor of his Stringer Performance dragster. While most of his pre-race haircuts happen in an area salon, this weekend Millican will be changing up his haircut venue to the racetrack. Great Clips stylists will be joining the fun in Sonoma this weekend by providing haircuts to spectators in exchange for a charity donation. The at-track activation is one that Great Clips has don’t for several years on the NASCAR circuit, and will now be bringing to select races on the NHRA circuit.

Quote from Clay Millican on racing in Sonoma…

 “I can’t wait to get to Sonoma! Looking back on how well we ran on the Mountain, I’m ready to get back in the car. The semifinal finish was great last weekend, but we want two more win lights 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.

The Swing of Things: Parts Plus/Great Clips Team Gets Back on Track in Denver to Kick Off Western Swing

DENVER, July 24, 2016: Shortly after being eliminated in round one at Chicago two weeks ago, Stringer Performance crew chief David Grubnic told driver Clay Millican that “we’re going to Denver to win—I’ve got a plan.”

 

It was a plan that nearly worked to perfection over the weekend at the 37th annual MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, generally regarded as the toughest place to race on the schedule.
After a long rain delay Friday night, the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Top Fuel dragster smoked the tires in Q1, but came back with vengeance in Q2. The team ran a smoking hot 3.81 second at 319 mph pass that landed them in the No. 2 qualifying spot.

 

The Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster kept on rolling Saturday in Q3 by running the second quickest pass of the session at 3.84 seconds 314.02 mph. Millican and the team closed out qualifying with a 3.82 second at 316.15 mph pass, ending up qualified 5th overall.

 

“Those were some long nights on the Mountain, but we were happy to be there in the top five heading into Sunday,” Millican said. “The team got out of the racetrack at 1 a.m. and had to be right back out there at 7 a.m., but they handled it all really well. We wanted to get in the 70s in Q4 but didn’t quite make it.”

 

Millican started Sunday in the left lane against Terry Haddock. As the cars left the starting line it became evident that the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster’s 3.821 second at 316.23 mph pass had topped Haddock’s 4.284.80 second at 286.80 mph pass, advancing Millican and the team to the next round.

 

Lined up again in the left lane against the always formidable Brittany Force in round two, Millican went straight down the groove with a nice 3.857 second at 313.80 mph pass, while Force smoked the tires at the 300-ft mark.

 

During the team’s winning run against Force, the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster broke some studs off in the engine. As a historic live TV audience watched on FOX broadcast network for the first time in NHRA history, the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH crew completely changed dragster’s motor in approximately 46 minutes to make their semifinals run on live network television.

 

In the semis, Millican opted to stay in the left lane against Tony Schumacher, who has had the Tennessee native’s number in the past. This time it would be unbelievably close, with the U.S. Army car edging the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster by 0.0093 seconds. Officially, Schumacher ran a 3.839 second at 319.90 mph pass, while Millican ran a 3.841 second at 317.49 pass.

 

“Man, what a drag race, Millican said. “All in all, it was a dang good weekend, and I love this team. It was an awesome way to start the Western Swing.”

2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series

Top Fuel Points

(Through Denver)

 

Position  Driver   Points   PB Builder
1    Antron Brown  1145 0 DSR
2    Doug Kalitta  1088 -57 Kalitta
3    Steve Torrence  982 -163 MLR
4    Brittany Force  953 -192 Force
5    Tony Schumacher  916 -229 DSR
6    Shawn Langdon  800 -345 DSR
7    J.R. Todd  799 -346 Kalitta
8    Clay Millican  681 -464 Hadman
9    Richie Crampton  660 -485 MLR
10    Leah Pritchett  553 -592 DSR
11    Terry Mc Millen 522 -623 DSR
12    Scott Palmer 302 -843 McKinney
13    Chris Karamesines 237 -908 DSR
14    Troy Buff 220 -925 Bill Miller
15    Terry Haddock 218 -927 Dragster

Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts: MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, CO

Clay Millican/ Stringer Performance Fast Facts

MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, CO

July 22 – 24, 2016

 

 

Stringer Performance Fast Facts

 

 

2016 Season

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

 

 

NHRA Career

  • 232 career starts
  • 0 wins
  • 3 #1 qualifiers
  • 3.722 best E.T.
  • 327.27 best speed

Millican & Stringer Performance crew support teammate at off weekend race…

 

It’s hard to keep a racer away from the track, and that rang true last weekend for Clay Millican and several members of his Stringer Performance crew. Skylar Blades, who takes care of the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster’s bottom end at his day job, was in the driver’s seat last weekend at the JEGS Summer Door Car Shootout in Benton, Illinois. Blades competed in a car owned by Danny Estep who also works on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In addition to Millican making an appearance at the track along with a small video on social media, several of Blades’ Stringer Performance teammates donned their official team starting line shirts to stand behind their teammate’s car as he launched off the starting line.

 

Quote from Clay Millican on starting his career in Denver…

“The race track there is one of the most spectator friendly places to watch a race. It is absolutely one-of-a-kind in that respect. On the other hand, as great as it is to watch a race there it is equally hard to run a nitro car at the track. Those two sides of the equation make for an all-around exciting weekend of racing and I cannot wait to get there to stomp on that loud pedal!”

 

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.

A Matter of Milliseconds: Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH Dragster Runs 3.77 But Drops a Close One to Eventual Chicago Winner Antron Brown

 

CHICAGO, July 11, 2016Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH driver Clay Millican would ordinarily be thrilled running a 3.77 on a 115-degree Chicago racetrack, but on Sunday Millican’s 3.77—the third-quickest 1st-round time—wasn’t enough to top Antron Brown’s 3.75, the quickest run of the opening Top Fuel round.

 

“It’s a little bittersweet,” Millican says. “On the one hand, I saw Antron a little bit ahead of me, and I thought, ‘Dang, we’re gonna get beat.’ On the other hand, I was also thinking, ‘Man, this thing is really rolling down here pretty good!’ If we would have had a better run in qualifying, we would have been in good shape.”

 

The Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH team underwent some adjustments in qualifying after crew chief David Grubnic installed an easier-to-use fuel system on the dragster that should provide better numbers in the long run for hot racing conditions.

 

“Grubby is a numbers guy,” Millican explained. “It was important enough to him to put the new fuel system on this weekend. We did the planned early shut off in Q1 to test it because Grubby had expected Friday to be a bit of a challenge with the change. However, he thought we’d have our feet back underneath us by Saturday. Then we ended qualifying 13th, which was not where we wanted to be up against Antron. The truth is, though, it took those qualifying runs to get this new fuel system figured out.”

 

After Saturday’s runs resulted in the team’s matchup against Antron Brown, Grubnic planned through the night on further changes to the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster.

 

“Grubby wasn’t throwing darts at a board—he had a plan,” Millican said. “He knew exactly what he wanted the team to do Sunday morning. They did it and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster went out there and absolutely flew first round. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday with Antron.”

 

After the race, Millican headed to the Stringer Performance race shop to begin helping the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH team prepare for the upcoming grueling Western Swing in Denver, Seattle and Sonoma.

 

“The Western Swing is really hard because there’s such a long drive between Denver and Seattle. You’ve got to have all your inventory in place, and everybody has to be prepared. We’re heading to the shop to pitch in and give the kids a hand. Denver is the hardest place we run all year, but we do have a little information from last year to work with this time down the track. Denver can be scary for teams. You can leave there with nothing left in the trailer if you’re not careful. It’s thin air, and it’s got quite the appetite for aluminum.

 

“An engine is like the heart and lungs of a race car, because it “beats” and it sucks in air. In Denver, there’s very little air to suck in and that makes it harder for a person’s heart to beat and for an engine run. It’s a big challenge, but it’s one that the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH team is looking forward to next weekend.”

2016 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS

(following Chicago)

 

  1. Antron Brown                 1056
  2. Doug Kalitta                    1,054
  3. Steve Torrence              912
  4. Brittany Force                896
  5. Tony Schumacher         803
  6. Shawn Langdon            746
  7. J.R. Todd                       725
  8. Clay Millican                 603
  9. Richie Crampton           603
  10. Leah Pritchett            521

 

NEXT RACE

Mile High Nationals

Denver

July 29–31

Clay Millican / Stringer Performance Fast Facts K&N NHRA Nationals in Chicago, IL

Clay Millican/ Stringer Performance Fast Facts

K&N NHRA Nationals in Chicago, IL

July 7 – 10, 2016

 

Stringer Performance Fast Facts

 

 

2016 Season

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

 

 

NHRA Career

  • 231 career starts
  • 0 wins
  • 3 #1 qualifiers
  • 3.722 best E.T.
  • 327.27 best speed

Millican ready to return to the track that launched his Top Fuel career…

Eighteen years ago Clay Millican began the journey of a life-time when he sat behind the wheel of a Chicago White Sox sponsored Top Fuel car and launched down the track at the Route 66 Raceway in Chicagoland.  This year Millican plans for things to go a lot different than they did on his first time down the Route 66 track and to end up in the winner’s circle. Coming off a long weekend break, the Stringer Performance team is ready to get to work and get the Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster moving back up the points ladder this weekend.

 

Quote from Clay Millican on starting his career in Chicago…

“Chicago is where Top Fuel started for me. In 1998, I was the first Top Fuel car to ever pull out onto that brand new racetrack. I was also the very first Top Fuel car to do a reverse burn out on the track. While quite embarrassed after that one, I was also excited to be getting to live out a dream of being a Top Fuel driver. Peter Lehman gave me the chance to live that dream by landing the sponsorship with the Chicago White Sox for the race. To make my Top Fuel debut and to be sponsored by the White Sox was an incredible way to start a career and has made Chicago a very special track for me.”

 

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.