NHRA Top Fuel Team Stringer Performance Announces New Partnership with Strutmasters.com for the 2017 Racing Season

McLeansboro, Ill. (5-30-2017) – NHRA Top Fuel team Stringer Performance is pleased to announce a partnership with Strutmasters for the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Strutmasters joins the team, which is having its most successful season, as an associate sponsor and the company’s logo will be featured on the dragster driven by veteran driver, Clay Millican.

Strutmasters is a suspension manufacturer founded in 1999 by Chip Lofton. Specializing in air-to-non-air suspension conversion kits, Strutmasters has become an industry leader in the world of suspension. Strutmasters offers affordable total solutions to fixing costly complex air, magnetic, electronic, and hydraulic suspension systems. What began as a personal project to repair a family’s only vehicle, Strutmasters has grown into a nationwide provider of suspension solutions and has truly earned the title “The Suspension Experts”.

“It’s an honor to be a partner with the team. Clay and Doug bring excellence and integrity to the sport. I sense that there are some wins in the near future,” said Lofton.

Doug Stringer, owner of Stringer Performance, is pleased to have Strutmasters on board.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to partner with Strutmasters,” said Stringer.  “They are a leader in the world of suspension and I know that having them as a partner and utilizing their expertise and knowledge can help our program tremendously. They are a welcome addition to the lineup of sponsors we have in place this year and this will be an excellent platform for Strutmasters.com to maximize their brand awareness.”

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/StrutmastersSuspensionExperts
Twitter.com: @Strutmasters
Instagram: @Strutmasters

DENSO Teams Up with Safe Driving Experts to Help Reduce Auto Crashes in Communities throughout North America

 

— DENSO launches mobile road show with Safe Kids Worldwide, B.R.A.K.E.S., and NHRA driver Clay Millican during company’s Global Safety Month —

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Global automotive supplier DENSO and its more than 23,000 employees in North America will mark the company’s Global Safety Month in May with a pair of new driving safety partnerships. Non-profits Safe Kids Worldwide and B.R.A.K.E.S. will help identify and engage DENSO employees across the U.S. and Canada as local driving safety advocates. Both organizations will join NHRA driver Clay Millican for a mobile road show touring DENSO facilities throughout the year, starting with DENSO’s Battle Creek and Southfield, Michigan locations later this week.

The partnerships underscore DENSO’s work to both craft the latest vehicle safety technology and educate drivers about how to use it to reduce auto accidents. DENSO will donate a total of $225,000 to the two organizations as part of the partnerships.

“Crafting automotive technology that helps save lives is at the core of what we do, but we also need to make sure drivers have the knowledge to take advantage,” said Robert Townsend, director of External Affairs at DENSO’s North American Regional Headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. “Safety needs to start at the local level, and these partnerships will empower our employees to engage their communities in meaningful dialogue about driving risks and safe behaviors.”

Safe Kids has nearly 30 years of experience educating communities about child safety on the road. The organization will develop comprehensive road safety toolkits for DENSO employees, providing the resources to become local road safety advocates. B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) provides free hands-on driving education for teens and their parents. Both organizations will participate in the road show, showcasing their work and recruiting employees to deliver important safety messages in communities where DENSO employees live and work. DENSO will provide financial support for the B.R.A.K.E.S. Teen Pro-Active Driving School to host trainings in the communities where it operates. To date, B.R.A.K.E.S. has trained more than 25,000 new drivers across the country.

NHRA driver Clay Millican and his DENSO-sponsored Top Fuel dragster will also provide an interactive experience for employees at each road show stop. Clay, a passionate driving safety advocate, will engage with employees and showcase his dragster’s safety features, after which employees can take a seat in DENSO’s Future of Mobility virtual reality experience.

About DENSO in North America
DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. Preventable injuries are the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. and with partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 60 percent. Working together, we can do much more to protect kids. Join our effort at safekids.org.

About B.R.A.K.E.S.
In 2008, multi-time top fuel drag racing champion Doug Herbert suffered every parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of his two sons, Jon age 17 and James age 12, in a car crash. In response to this tragedy and the realization that car crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens in America, Herbert created the 501 (c)(3) non-profit B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Teen Pro-Active Driving School. In the past eight years, more than 25,000 teens from 43 states and three countries have graduated from B.R.A.K.E.S.’ intensive half-day training course, which is free of charge and features hands-on skills exercises taught by professional instructors in a fleet of new vehicles donated by Kia Motors America. The course maintains a low three-to-one student-to-instructor ratio and requires at least one parent to attend with each teen. According to a recent study, B.R.A.K.E.S. graduates are 64 percent less likely to be in a crash in their first three years of driving. For more information or to register for a school, visit www.putonthebrakes.org.

Millican Races To Another Semifinal Finish

Topeka, KS (May 21, 2017) – Clay Millican drove the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster to a semifinal finish for the second time this year at the 2017 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.

Millican came into race day in the eighth qualifying spot with a 3.727 elapsed time at 327.03 mph.

In Round One Millican faced off against Terry McMillen. The pair had nearly identical reaction times: .071 to .076. While there was a small fire after the engine pushed some rods out, Millican took the win with a 3.732/304.67 to 3.761/321.50.

In Round Two Millican came up against Tony Schumacher. In a nail-biting pedalfest, Millican crossed the finish line first and won with a 5.428/143.41 to 8.413/64.85.

“That may have looked exciting on TV, but it was bit of a slide job going on, driving all over the race track,” Millican said. “It looks cool, but not necessarily always fun when you’re behind the wheel trying to keep it straight. But it was really cool to beat The Sarge.”

In the semifinals Millican was once again paired up against Steve Torrence. Torrence had the starting line advantage with a .018 reaction time to Millican’s .111. As Millican crossed the finish line, the motor of the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH exploded into flames. Thanks to the quick actions of the NHRA Safety Safari, Millican was uninjured and the fire was put out. Torrence took the win with a time of 3.718/329.34 to Millican’s 3.822/316.08.

“Man, Stevie Torrence definitely lit the score board up and we lit the race track up,” said Millican. “This was the first big boomer this team has ever had. I’m sure it will be highlight reel material, but that’s not the way we want to make highlights.”

Next up for the Stringer Performance team is the New England Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire on June 2 – 4, 2017. It is the first of four races in a row for the teams of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series.

“This team is moving in the right direction. We’re going to show up in Epping with a brand new race car and the attitude to go out there and win all four rounds,” said Millican.

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

Clay Millican Connecting With Race Fans On The Road

McLeansboro, IL (May 17, 2017) – If you met Stringer Performance driver Clay Millican at a race or followed him on any social media channel, you know he loves his fans. That doesn’t change when he hits the open road on his way to the races. As he heads to Topeka, Kansas for the 2017 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals this week, some lucky fans are getting a big ‘Thank You’ from Clay.

During the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Millican has been leaving Fan Appreciation Packs at gas stations and rest stops around the U.S. as he travels to meet up with the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster team.

“The whole idea was my wife Donna’s. We drive to lots of the races and it gives us something fun to do as we’re headed down the highway,” Millican said. “We put a variety of things in the packages: hats, t-shirts, bobbleheads, key chains, hero cards, bracelets; you name it. We never leave the exact same thing. The majority of the stuff in there I have signed.”

These little scavenger hunts have increased in popularity with each race. Fan response has been overwhelming and makes the infamous smile of Millican’s face, even bigger.

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“It’s enjoyable knowing people are actually out going after these things. I love all the replies I have been getting,” said Millican. “As I’m rolling along, Donna reads me the comments. I got a kick out of a fan yesterday who said ‘Swing by Connecticut and leave one.’ We already have fans making plans for future races asking us what races we’re driving to.”

Millican makes sure he always takes time for his fans. At the track he meets fans, signs autographs and welcomes guests personally in the Stringer Performance hospitality area. He has a huge social media following, especially on Twitter.

“It’s been 19 years since I become a professional – but I’m still a fan. I still remember what it’s like to be a fan and wanting a t-shirt, a hat or an autograph,” recalled Millican. “While I get some help on my social media, every reply is from me. I personally return messages to my fans.”

NHRA race fans will be able to come out and meet Millican at the Heartland Park Fanfest on Thursday, May 18 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Downtown Topeka on 8th Street between Kansas Avenue and Quincy Street. Drivers will be signing autographs at 5:00 p.m. CT.

2017 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals Schedule
Friday, May 19
4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
7:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2

Saturday, May 20
2:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
5:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4

Sunday, May 21
11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

2017 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals TV Schedule on FS1
Friday, May 19: 11:00 p.m. ET Qualifying Coverage
Saturday, May 20: 3:00 p.m. ET Qualifying Coverage
Sunday, May 21: 2:00 p.m. ET Eliminations Coverage

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

Millican Happy With Car And Team After Three Races In A Row

Commerce, GA (April 7, 2017) – The NHRA Southern Nationals outside Atlanta was the third race in a row in the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series. Racing three weekends in a row can be grueling for drivers, teams and their cars. Clay Millican is proud of the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern team and their dragster.

“It was a great three weeks by this team. We’ve went three races without hurting any parts which is phenomenal for a nitro team,” Millican said.

Millican came into race day qualified No.4 with a 3.763 elapsed time at 312.13 mph. While not the top position, Millican was more than satisfied with that spot.

“We’re really happy with qualifying. We made two consistent runs down the race track on Saturday,” Millican said. “We’ve been number one the previous two races, but this weekend we were number four. Our goal is to always be in the top five, so we achieved that.”

Millican had a bye-run in Round One after Terry Haddock was unable to get his dragster to the starting line. Millican hazed the tires on the solo pass, running a 9.06/69.21.

“Obviously our opponent didn’t make it up for first round and we tuned it up a little bit. We weren’t necessarily trying to run low E.T., but trying to get lane choice for round two,” Millican said. “We felt like we needed to maintain lane choice, but we didn’t get away with it; it spun the tires.”

In Round Two Millican came up against Doug Kalitta. Unfortunately for Millican, a cylinder went out on the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster and Kalitta went on to win the race: 3.779/321.81 to 4.744/158.63.

“We put a cylinder out second round. Grubby is trying to figure out how it happened. We haven’t had that problem in a while,” Millican said. “Essentially as soon as I stepped on the throttle it wasn’t going anywhere, so the race was pretty much over at that point.”

Millican leaves Georgia No.6 in points and extends his lead over seventh place, Brittany Force.

Next for the Stringer Performance team is the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas on May 19 – 21, 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.

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

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

Millican Welcomes Cooler Weather at NHRA Southern Nationals

McLeansboro, IL (May 4, 2017) – After two races with very warm weather, temperatures are expected to dip and be very cool at the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals this weekend in Atlanta. This is welcome news to the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio team.

“I like going fast and this is ‘go fast weather.’ After the past few races though, I think we’ve proved we can get our dragster down the track in any temperature. We can adapt to changing conditions,” Millican said.

Because of this cold front, NHRA has changed the professional qualifying schedule for Friday. Everything has been pushed up by two hours and Millican agrees with that decision.

“I think NHRA did the right thing by changing tomorrow’s schedule. I’m hearing temperatures are supposed to be in the in the 40’s tomorrow night,” said Millican. “While us racers like cool weather, these temperatures cross the line and can be dangerous; it causes track conditions that will not do you any favors.”

The Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel team will also have a big crowd of family and friends on hand to cheer them on this weekend. One of those people is Brad Akins, owner of nearby Akins Ford Jeep dealership. He is the one responsible for putting Doug Stringer on the path of becoming a race team owner.

“I’m excited to have Brad Akins coming out to join us this Saturday,” said Stringer Performance President, Doug Stringer. “He gave me my original start in NASCAR as a team owner. Thanks to him, I also have this amazing Top Fuel team and driver as part of the Stringer Performance family.”

Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals Race Schedule
Friday, May 5th
3:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
5:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2

Saturday, May 6th
2:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
4:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4

Sunday, May 7th
11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals TV Schedule on FS1
Friday: 8:00 p.m. Qualifying Coverage
Sunday: 6 p.m. Eliminations Coverage

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

Millican Embraces the Chaos & Challenge of 4-Wides

Concord, NC (April 30, 2017) – Clay Millican drove the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster to the No.1 qualifying position and a second round finish at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals.

Millican came into race day as the No.1 qualifier with an elapsed time of 3.716 at 325.77 mph. Instead of competing against one other dragster this weekend, he raced three other dragsters. This is the one time a year that NHRA runs this unique race format.

“While I enjoy the controlled chaos of the 4-Wide Nationals, it is definitely a challenge,” Millican said. “Coming into race day as No.1 qualifier we felt the odds of us winning were really good.”

In the first round Millican staged against Leah Pritchett, Shawn Langdon and Terry Haddock. Being top qualifier gave Millican lane choice and he opted for lane three. Millican and Pritchett captured the win lights with a 3.743/320.97 and 3.737/316.23.

In the second round Millican was up against Pritchett, Dom Lagana and eventual race winner, Steve Torrence. Halfway down the track Millican hazed the tires, slowing down the car to a 5.134/145.30. Pritchett and Torrence advanced to race in the final quad.

“We’re obviously disappointed. I really don’t know why we smoked the tires; our tune up was not set up for that to happen,” said Millican. “Overall it was a good weekend for us. We ran the same motor the past three days and did not hurt any parts. The car ran great with the exception of that last run.”

With the bonus points from qualifying, Millican moves up a spot in Top Fuel standings to the sixth position.

Next up for the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio team is the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta on May 5 – 7, 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.

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

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