Millican Proud of Team’s Hard Work In Four-Race Swing

Norwalk, OH (June 25, 2016) – Coming off his first NHRA win of his career, Clay Millican drove the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster to the quarterfinals of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

This was the last of four races in a row for Millican and the Stringer Performance team. This part of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing schedule can be grueling, with the crew living and working on the road for a month.

“It’s been an amazing four-race swing. Last year on this four-race swing I don’t think we won a single round and we tore up a lot of parts,” Millican said. “Here we are in Norwalk and we just wrapped up things up. We won our first race and we didn’t hurt any parts or any motors. All the guys worked their tails off these last four weeks.”

Millican came into race day qualified No. 6 with an elapsed time of 3.741 at 322.19 mph. In Round One, he took on Scott Palmer. Palmer broke off the line and Clay took the win with a 3.775/311.63.

In Round Two, Millican faced Steve Torrence for the fifth time in the last seven races. The two dragsters were very close most of the race, but the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster dropped a cylinder and put a hole out. Torrence took the win: 3.792/326.79 to 3.872/312.86.

“We went into second round against the man who’s been on fire and won the race here: Steve Torrence. He got us in the second round. We had him most of the way, but we dropped a cylinder and those things are most likely not going to turn a win light on,” said Millican.

The Stringer Performance team finally has a weekend off, but then it is off to Chicago for the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals on July 6 – 9.

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:
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Twitter: @StringerRacing
Instagram: @stringerperformance

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Clay Millican Wins His First Ever NHRA Race in Home State

Bristol, TN (June 18, 2017) – He went to his first final round in 2004 and 13 years later, Clay Millican finally won his first NHRA race at the 2017 Thunder Valley Nationals in the University of Northwestern Ohio/Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel Dragster. It was an emotional win for the Tennessee native who has been runner-up eight times, before winning during his ninth final round appearance.

“19 years, 228 races and what better place to win than in Bristol, Tennesse. I am a Tennessee boy through and through; it’s my home,” exclaimed Millican. “I am really, really happy for David Grubnic and all the boys who work on this car. I mean that 100 percent. They bust their butts.”

Millican came into race day in the No. 4 qualifying spot with an elapsed time of 3.810 at 321.12 mph. In Round One, Millican came up against Kyle Wurtzel. Millican took off and smoked the tires, but Wurtzel broke right off the starting line. Clay took the win going 5.313/139.40. In Round Two, Millican raced Brittany Force. It was a close race with Millican having the starting line advantage, and he kept the advantage to take the win with a 4.011/294.18 to 4.060/267.85.

In the semifinals Millican came up against Steve Torrence. In an ironic twist, the dragster Millican is piloting used to belong to Torrence’s father, Billy. Once again it was a close race, with both drivers having nearly identical reaction times, but Millican defeated Torrence 3.812/319.90 to 3.949/303.57.

In the finals, Millican faced Leah Pritchett, who has won three times already this season but Millican got to the finish line first with a 3.825/316.38 to 3.881/307.09.

Winning his first race on Father’s Day made Millican’s win even more emotional. Millican and his wife Donna lost their son Dalton two years ago.

“I wondered if I would ever win one of these. I thought maybe it’s not meant to be. My Momma told me if the time was right, it would happen. There is no such thing as a coincidence,” Millican said. “There were so many signs/things today I know was Dalton. Father’s Day is a tough day for anyone who lost a child. Dalton was riding with me today. He got me four win lights. There is no such thing as a coincidence. When the time was right it was going to happen. Today the time was right.”

This is a big win for Stringer Performance which is an independent team racing out of McLeansboro, Illinois, taking on big multi-car teams in the NHRA. For team owner Doug Stringer, Bristol also seems to be a lucky place.

“The last time my wife and I were here in Bristol, Kasey Kahne won his last Great Clips Cup race and we went to victory lane. To come back here and win with Clay and fulfilling the dreams of all these kids, it’s an awesome feeling,” said Stringer.

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 Can’t Think Of A Better Place To Win First Race Than His Home State Of Tennessee

McLeansboro, IL (June 14, 2017) – If you walk the pits with Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, you will hear similar words encouragement from fans and friends: “I know your first win is coming soon.” For the Tennessee native and driver of the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster, the 2017 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals would be the ideal place for that to happen.

“There probably wouldn’t be a cooler place for me to win than in Tennessee for sure. It would be just awesome to win in my home state,” Millican said. “I love the area. I mean I’m a Tennessee boy but the mountain side is different from the river side where I live.”

He has been close to winning at Thunder Valley Dragway before. In 2004 he raced Tony Schumacher in the final round.

“We raced in a final there against Schumacher. I smoked the tires early, he smoked them late. It was another event in our streak of three straight NHRA finals in a row,” recalled Millican. “At the time you think you’re going to get that first win soon.”

After racing in the 96 degree heat of Englishtown, Thunder Valley Dragway presents its own unique racing conditions.

“You’re up the hill a ways in the mountains. Not like Denver, but it is altitude. It is beautiful in that area. And I say this every year: Man can’t move mountains, but they did in Bristol. Bruton Smith moved mountains,” Millican said. “I raced there before and after the changes and he literally moved mountains there and it is such a fun race track. It’s so cool. It’s a track with a lot of history for me.”

Another reason this weekend is special for Millican is the big honor being bestowed on one of his closest friends, Doug Herbert.

“I’m really excited because my boy Doug Herbert is being inducted into the Hall of Fame in Bristol. He won there in IHRA and I believe NHRA too. And I think that’s great. He is very deserving of this honor.”

The Thunder Valley Nationals is the third of four races in a row for this month for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

2017 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Schedule
Friday, June 16
5:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
8:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2
Saturday, June 17
1:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4
Sunday, June 18
12:00 p.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

2017 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals TV Times on FS1
Friday, June 16 – 8:00 p.m. Qualifying Coverage
Saturday, June 17 – 11:00 p.m. Qualifying Coverage
Sunday, June 18 – 6:30 p.m. Eliminations

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 & Team Maintain Consistent Race Car At Hottest Event Of The Year

Englishtown, NJ (June 11, 2017) – The heat was on at the 2017 NHRA Summernationals with a temperature that reached 96 degrees. Clay Millican and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel crew maintained a consistent running dragster with a race day track temperature that soared to 131 degrees.

Millican came into race day qualified eighth with an elapsed time of 3.786 at 314.53 mph. Because only 14 Top Fuel drivers were entered in this race, the ladder was different from normal and threw Millican for a loop.

“No matter what we do it seems like we race Terry (McMillen) first round. We were not qualified eight and nine, but due to the short entry list the pairings change. I honestly did not know we were racing each other until I was given the ladder last night. I thought we raced Leah Pritchett because we were eight and nine,” Millican said.

In the Round One match up Millican defeated McMillen 3.806/314.31 to 3.926/307.02. Millican knew he won the race, not be seeing the win lights, but what he could hear.

“I heard Terry early in the run and towards the end. To be honest, I thought I was ahead just because the sound changes and you can hear it in the car, you can’t see it,” Millican explained. “It seemed like a really quick tree and I was like ‘Oh My God I was terrible on the tree.’ But the car made a good run, but it put a hole out. I felt it put a hole out. And we made a really good run; we were third quickest of the round.”

In Round Two Millican came up against Steve Torrence. Millican had lane choice and picked the right lane. Shortly into the run, Millican smoked the tires and Torrence took the win: 3.827/323.27 to 7.241/84.20.

“This was an occasion where I don’t think lane choice made any difference. I had no concerns at all that the car was going to spin the tires. I just didn’t because after the first run on Friday, we went right down the race track every time,” Millican said. “Probably what got us was just the simple low number of runs that we have on this chassis. I think that’s all it was. The changes that Grubby (Crew Chief David Grubnic) made to the previous car are not applying to this car because they work differently.”

Despite the second round loss, Millican is pumped moving on to the next two races in the Eastern Swing.

“This new race car is awesome. It’s looking like in the hot weather we’re going to be in much better shape than we were with the other car,” Millican said. “We know the chassis really looks good and it’s going to be good in the heat. And now Grubby can start focusing on little changes in the tune up.”

Next up for Stringer Performance is the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee June 16 – 18.

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’s Optimism High Despite Early Exit At The NHRA New England Nationals

Epping, NH (June 4, 2017) – Stringer Performance debuted a new Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster this weekend at the 2017 NHRA New England Nationals. Despite an early exit, the performance of the new car has given driver Clay Millican optimism moving into the next race.

Millican came into race day as the No. 7 qualifier with an elapsed time of 3.727 at 324.83 mph. In front of a sold-out crowd, Millican was paired up against Troy Coughlin Jr. in the first round of eliminations. It was a close race between the pair but it was Coughlin Jr. who crossed the finish line first. This was Millican’s first opening round loss since the Winternationals.

“Basically we chose to be the last pair and we had lane choice. Unfortunately Terry McMillen had a huge explosion and it took near an hour to clean up. In that time it got hotter and hotter,” Millican explained. “So the combination we went up there with changed in that time; obviously we made adjustments to it as the time went on. All in all, the thing left good, we were ahead at the 330 foot mark, but it put a cylinder out near the end and we got beat.”

Despite the early exit, Millican is far from disappointed. He is eager to get back and race in just a few days.

“The good news is we made three consecutive runs down the track in this new race car this weekend. That gives us great data to use to improve our performance,” Millican said. “It looks very, very promising. It looks like the consistency issues we were having with the other car may be gone. The other car was tired and this one’s not; it’s got fresh legs.”

Next up for Stringer Performance is the 2017 NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey on Friday, June 9. It is the second of four races in a row for the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series.

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 Starts Off East Coast Swing With New Car And New Sponsor

McLeansboro, IL (June 1, 2017) – Clay Millican has had some great moments in 2017: grabbing the top qualifying spot at two races and making it to the semifinals twice. But he’s retiring the dragster that put him there and drives into the 2017 NHRA New England Nationals with a new Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster

Millican’s previous car served him well, but it had more than 350 runs on its back half. This is the first car change his crew has performed and Millican is happy with everything the team accomplished since Topeka.

“I’m proud of the team for getting the car change done so quickly. We all headed back to our Nitro Barn in McLeansboro after Topeka and got to work. The guys were very prepared and organized so the changeover went smoothly,” Millican. “I got in there and helped put the driver’s compartment together so I didn’t have any surprises come Epping.”

Millican is eager to get in the cockpit of the new car on Friday and shooting for the top qualifying spot for a third time.

“I’m looking forward to driving this new chassis. I’m hoping we can add to the consistency that Grubby has been working towards all this season,” said Millican.

People may also be surprised to find out the Tennessee native considers New England Dragway one of his home tracks.

“Even though I am a Southern boy, I consider Epping my home field,” said Millican. “After so many wins there in my IHRA days, I have become friends with so many people in the area. It is always a ‘wicked good time’ up in New Hampshire at New England Dragway.”

Also new for the Stringer Performance team is their new associate sponsor: Strutmasters. 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.

2017 NHRA New England Nationals Schedule
Friday, June 2
5:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
7:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2

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

Sunday, June 4
11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

2017 NHRA New England Nationals TV Times on FS1
Friday, June 2 – 7:30 p.m LIVE Coverage of Qualifying
Sunday, June 4 – 2 a.m. Qualifying Coverage
Sunday, June 4 – 4:30 p.m. Coverage of Eliminations

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