Concord, NC (April 29, 2017) – Stringer Performance driver Clay Millican goes into race day as the No.1 qualifier in Top Fuel Dragster for the second week in a row. An elapsed time of 3.716 at 325.77 mph secured him the top spot at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals.
“We have an awesome team. All their hard work is paying off and everything is coming together. Grubby (crew chief David Grubnic) is really starting to get a handle on this car,” Millican said. “And the thing is, Grubby really doesn’t care about the number ones. All he says is ‘My goal is to get you a win.’ That’s all he talks about: getting that win. You don’t hear about the green hat, just the yellow one.”
Last weekend in Houston, Millican put the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster in the top spot and drove to a semifinal finish. This is the seventh time in his career he has taken the No.1 qualifying spot.
“Two weeks in-a-row is kind of crazy; I’ve never done that before. I’ve been No.1 a few times, but never two in a row,” said Millican.
Millican has been racing in NHRA since 2004 and has eight final round appearances, but is yet to win an event. Millican believes the race format for the 4-Wide Nationals may bring him a victory.
“I’m a three round winner. In IHRA we had eight car fields with only three rounds and I won six championships over there,” Millican said. “Here in Charlotte day we only race three rounds, so this may be my Sunday.”
Coverage of the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals airs Sunday at 5:30 ET on FS1.
About Stringer Performance
Established in 2015, Stringer Performance is entering its third 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 and UNOH.