Millican Grabs #1 Spot at Second Race In-a-Row

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.

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Millican Races To Best Finish of 2017 Season

Baytown, TX (April 23, 2017) – Clay Millican had his best finish in the 2017 season at the NHRA SpringNationals. He took the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster to the semifinals.

“What a weekend for this team. We were No.1 qualifiers and we got some good qualifying bonus points. The car ran consistent all weekend,” Millican said. “The goal right now is to go out and get a win. With a semifinal finish today we’re getting a lot closer.”

Millican qualified No.1 and set a new Royal Purple Raceway track record with an elapsed time of 3.722 at 325.69 mph.

In Round One Millican defeated No.16 qualifier Steve Chrisman and set the low E.T. of eliminations with a 3.729/326.79 to Chrisman’s 9.654/83.58. In Round Two Millican defeated Tony Schumacher on a holeshot. Millican had a reaction time of .079 to Schumacher’s .085. Millican raced to a 3.784/320.97 and Schumacher went 3.779/317.34.

“That Army car is bad to the bone and everyone knows that. We earned lane choice with our first round E.T. We were able to sneak in a win with one thousandth of a second; .001. I think that’s seven inches at 300 mph. Whatever it was, it was a heck of a drag race; Really, really close,” recalled Millican.

In the semifinals Millican came up against Steve Torrence. The drivers had nearly identical reaction times: Millican .065 and Torrence .068. But the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster lost its grip and on the track and smoked the tires. Torrence won 3.760/323.27 to Millican’s 8.621/87.00.

“Steve Torrence is my buddy. I’m a Tennessee boy and he’s Texas boy. What a drag race. We both staged so shallow we were laughing at the far end about blinking the bulbs and being so shallow,” said Millican. “Stevie put a good run down. We were a little aggressive and got the tires loose.”

With Millican collecting bonus points in qualifying he leaves the NHRA SpringNationals No. 7 position in points. Next race for the Stringer Performance team is the 2017 NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC on April 28 – April 29, 2017.

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.

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Twitter: @StringerRacing
Instagram: @stringerperformance

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Twitter: @ClayMillican
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Millican Grabs #1 Qualifying Spot at the NHRA SpringNationals

Baytown, TX (April 22, 2017) – Clay Millican landed the No.1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel dragster at the 2017 NHRA SpringNationals. He raced the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster to an elapsed time of 3.722 seconds at 325.69 mph. Millican also set a new Royal Purple Raceway track record in Top Fuel Dragster. This is the first time in 2017 Millican is starting from the No.1 spot and the sixth time in his NHRA career.

“The vibe for the weekend has been really good for this team. We’ve qualified number one and went to a final round before and that’s what we plan to do tomorrow,” Millican said. “It won’t be easy; these races are getting harder and harder. But we got a good car and the crew has been working their tail off. I want to go out there and stomp on that loud pedal four times and turn on the win light four times tomorrow.”

Millican takes on No.16 qualifier Steve Chrisman in Round One tomorrow at the NHRA SpringNationals. Eliminations get underway at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Broadcast coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.

“I love racing in Texas. My first NHRA National round final was actually here and that was in 2004,” Millican said. “I just would have never thought 13 years later after my first NHRA Final Round I wouldn’t have a Wally. But we’re still out here swinging.”

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.

Social Media:
Facebook.com/StringerPerformance
Twitter: @StringerRacing
Instagram: @stringerperformance

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Twitter: @ClayMillican
Instagram: @ClayMillican

Millican Pursuing First Wally 13 Years After First NHRA Final Round Appearance

McLeansboro, IL (April 18, 2017) – Back in 2004 Clay Millican went to his first ever NHRA final round in Houston. What he did not know back then is that he would still be chasing that first NHRA event win in 2017.

This weekend at the NHRA SpringNationals, Millican and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel team continue to pursue their goal of going to their first NHRA Winner’s Circle.

“In 2004 our team was having an incredible season. I remember rolling into Houston fresh off a win at an IHRA race. We faced Brandon Bernstein in what would turn out to be the first of three consecutive final round appearances at NHRA races,” recalled Millican. “We assumed with 50 wins under our belt that our first NHRA win wasn’t going to take long.”

That year Millican and his team only competed at 10 NHRA events but still finishing the season 14th in points. He would go on to win seven IHRA events and claim his fourth or six IHRA Championships.

“I never thought that 13 years later we would still be wondering when our first NHRA win would finally come to us,” said Millican. “Our team is doing a great job and working really hard. I am confident this is our year.”

Racing action at the NHRA SpringNationals gets underway at 4:30 p.m. CT Friday with the first qualifying session.

2017 NHRA SpringNationals Schedule (Central Time)
Friday, April 21
5:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
7:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2

Saturday, April 22
2:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
4:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4

Sunday, April 23
11:00 Nitro Eliminations begin

2017 NHRA SpringNationals TV Schedule (Eastern Time)
Friday, April 21 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 – 2:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 23 – 6:00 p.m.

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.

Social Media:
Facebook.com/StringerPerformance
Twitter: @StringerRacing
Instagram: @stringerperformance

Facebook.com/ClayMillican
Twitter: @ClayMillican
Instagram: @ClayMillican

Mother Nature Creates Tricky Track Conditions For Millican in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 2, 2017) – Extreme weather in Las Vegas this week created some tricky track conditions for Clay Millican in the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster.

On Thursday afternoon the strongest windstorm to hit Las Vegas in five years wreaked havoc all over town causing power outages, toppling trees and at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, covering the track in sand.

“The track has been obviously challenging. It has nothing to do with the work of NHRA Safety Safari; they do an awesome job. But they can’t prep a track better than Mother Nature can mess one up. Thanks to Thursday’s 70 mph winds and sand storm, it was tricky out there,” Millican said.

Millican came into race day qualified sixth with an elapsed time of 3.781 seconds at 323.74 mph. It was actually his first run of the weekend that scored his best run and helped him hold on to a spot in the top of the field.

In the first round, Millican was up against Tripp Tatum. Tatum had a slight starting line advantage, but Millican got the win with a 4.057/230.84 to Tatum’s 10.253/77.26.

“We knew we were racing the Lagana car and we know that their car can pretty much go down anything. Our goal was to go down the track and win,” Millican said. “The Lagana car smoked the tires on the step. I was just kind of going down thru there. Grubby saw a cylinder go out and he actually hit the crew chief shut off button on me. They made me scared until I coasted across the finish line.”

In Round Two Millican came up against Doug Kalitta, who had low E.T. of the first round. Millican smoked the tires just before half track and Kalitta took the win 3.778/106.24 to 4.913/153.51.

“We knew we were going to race Doug Kalitta and he was low E.T. of first round, but we still definitely felt confident we could step our car up a little bit,” Millican said. “We obviously lost lane choice and in my opinion, I’m not sure what Grubby will say, but I think lane choice for Top Fuel dragsters probably ended up being the deciding factor for who won second round. As it turns out, not a single Top Fuel dragster won from the right lane. There were some really good cars in the right lane.”

Clay leaves Las Vegas in the seventh spot of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Point Standings. That is one spot up from the previous race.

Next up for the Stringer Performance team is the NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston April 21 – 23.