Millican Experiences Highs And Lows In Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (October 29, 2017) – Las Vegas is a town where one day the odds are in your favor and you’re riding high, but your luck runs out the next. Clay Millican and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio experienced both this weekend at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Millican came into race day qualified No. 3 with an elapsed time of 3.707 at 311.99. This was after four qualifying sessions that included smoking tires and even parachutes popping out early.

“Qualifying started off rough. We made little bitty improvements each run, but not what we wanted,” explained Millican. “And then on our last session, which is not typically your home run session, we go out there and go 3.70. The crazy thing about that run is the parachute came out about half track, so this thing is dragging behind us, and we still go 3.70 at 311 mph. So we went from near the bottom of the pack, all the way up to #3.”

In Round One, Millican faced Mike Salinas. Millican was first off the line and made a strong clean pass of 3.710 at 327.11 mph to take the win light. In Round Two, Millican came up against Terry McMillen.

“In the second round we went out there and got the tires loose against Terry. I really don’t know what happened. It makes no sense because we weren’t trying to run another 3.70. Terry did a great job, got the win light and went on to get his first event win,” said Millican.

With just one race now remaining in the 2017 NHRA Drag Racing season, qualifying high and winning rounds were crucial for earning points this past weekend in Las Vegas. Millican’s goal from February has been to finish in the top five.

“It wasn’t what we were looking for this weekend because of the points. The top of the Top Fuel class group got all mixed up. Stevie (Torrence went out second round, Doug (Kalitta) went out second run, Antron (Brown) went out first round. It was crazy. So we kind of let an opportunity slip away,” said Millican “But we’re going to go out there and keep stomping on the loud pedal. I’m so proud of this whole team.”

Next up for the Millican and the Stringer Performance team is the 2017 Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California in November 9 – 12.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Standings: Top Fuel

POSITION DRIVER POINTS POINTS BEHIND LEADER VEHICLE
01 Steve Torrence 2527 0 Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports
02 Brittany Force 2507 -20 Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster
03 Doug Kalitta 2443 -84 Mac Tools Dragster
04 Antron Brown 2392 -135 Matco Tools Dragster
05 Leah Pritchett 2361 -166 Papa John’s Dragster
06 Tony Schumacher 2340 -187 U.S. Army Dragster
07 Clay Millican 2326 -201 Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster
08 Shawn Langdon 2267 -260 Global Electronic Technology Dragster
09 Terry McMillen 2261 -266 Amalie Motor Oil Dragster
10 Scott Palmer 2169 -358 Marck Industries/Tommy Thompson Motorsports

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. 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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Millican Locked In Tight Points Battle Headed To Las Vegas

McLeansboro, IL (October 26, 2017) – Clay Millican and the Stringer Performance team set a goal at the beginning of the season: earn a spot in the top five. With only two races remaining in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Season, they are close to reaching their goal.

The highest Millican has finished in the Countdown to the Championship is the No.6 position. He comes into the 2017 NHRA Toyota Nationals this weekend No. 7 with a spot in the top five within his grasp.

“The points battle is just so close. We’re less than a round behind Leah (Pritchett) and Tony (Schumacher). At this point, every lap down the track is critical for us. We need those qualifying bonus points and round wins,” Millican said. “With only two races left, we are throwing everything we have into the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster.”

Millican’s been enjoying a successful 2017 season so far. He currently holds the National Elapsed Time record with a run of 3.631 at 330.39 mph last month in St. Louis. He earned his very first NHRA win in Bristol, TN over Father’s Day weekend. He has also grabbed the No.1 qualifying spot five times this year.

In 2013, Millican was the runner-up at the NHRA Toyota Nationals. Last year at this event Millican was the No.1 qualifier.

“This is always a great race for us. First off, we have done well here in the past. Second, all the fun surrounding Halloween makes for a good time,” Millican said. “All bets are off in Vegas this weekend. We want to take the No.1 spot again and get other event win this year.”

2017 NHRA Toyota Nationals Schedule (All Times Western)
Friday, October 27
2:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
5:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2
Saturday, October 28
2:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
4:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4
Sunday, October 29
11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

2017 NHRA Toyota Nationals TV Air Times (All Times Eastern)
Friday, Oct 27 – 6:00 p.m. LIVE Qualifying Coverage on FS1
Saturday, Oct 28 – Coverage of Q4 on NHRA.com
Sunday, Oct 29 – 3:00 p.m. LIVE Special Edition of #NHRAToday on FS1
Sunday, Oct 29 – 4:00 p.m. LIVE 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. 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

Event Hashtag: #ToyotaNats

Millican Struggles In Changing Dallas Conditions

Ennis, TX (October 15, 2017) – Fans and NHRA race teams at the Texas Motorplex dealt with sweltering heat during qualifying on Friday and Saturday. But come race day at the AAA Texas NHRA Nationals, the weather changed dramatically. This meant tune up changes for Clay Millican and the crew of the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio.

Clay Millican came into race day in the No. 10 qualifying position with an elapsed time of 3.773 at 321.42 mph. He earned this time on his first pass of the weekend. In the following qualifying sessions he went 4.950/139.23, 6.804/84.78 and 3.774/323.58.

After overnight storms on Sunday, temperatures dropped significantly. Saturday air temperature for the third qualifying session was 89 degrees with a track temp of 125. In stark comparison, for Round 1 eliminations it was 67 degrees outside with a track temperature of 82.

“Unbelievable how big a weather change we had. We had 90 plus degree temps all weekend long. So we come out this morning and it is cold. You wanted your sweatshirts and jackets on,” Millican explained.

In round 1 Millican came up against Shawn Langdon. Millican had the better reaction time, but a loss of traction caused the car to slow down and Langdon took the win: 3.993/219.54 to 8.830/83.31.

“I was so excited for first round because we know this car is the quickest car in the world. I was very much looking forward to going out there and putting down a huge number. We left first against Shawn Langdon, but unfortunately we got the tires loose and it was a short day,” Millican said. “It was not what we wanted during this countdown. But hey, it happens you know. We’ll just go out there and try to win one of these next two races or both of them.”

Next up for the Stringer Performance team is the 2017 Toyota Nationals on October 26 thru the 28 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

2017 Mello Yello Championship Points Standings

POSITION DRIVER POINTS VEHICLE
01 Steve Torrence 2465 Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports
02 Brittany Force 2408 Mac Tools Dragster
03 Doug Kalitta 2389 Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster
04 Antron Brown 2360 Matco Tools Dragster
05 Leah Pritchett 2285 Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster
06 Tony Schumacher 2273 U.S. Army Dragster
07 Clay Millican 2268 Papa John’s Dragster
08 Shawn Langdon 2193 Amalie Motor Oil Dragster
09 Terry McMillen 2147 Marck Industries/Tommy Thompson Motorsports
10 Scott Palmer 2137 Global Electronic Technology Dragster

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. 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 Heads To Dallas With Plans To Keep E.T. Record

McLeansboro, IL (October 11, 2017) – Clay Millican comes into the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals as the quickest driver in NHRA history. With an elapsed time of 6.631 at 330.39 mph, he recently set the national record in Top Fuel and he believes it will hold through this weekend.

“We’ve said hot or cold, we can make this dragster go fast and I am confident of that. Looking at the latest forecast, it looks like it’s going to be a hot, Texas weekend,” Millican said. “If someone is able to set a new E.T. record with the air temperature in the 90’s, then they earned it.”

At the past two events, Millican has put the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster in the No. 1 qualifying position. Millican and the team want to keep the streak going to make it three events in-a-row and he believes he can do that at the Texas Motorplex.

“The Texas Motorplex is a great track to race at. That place is the original super track and stacked with so much history,” Millican said. “This is the track where Eddie Hill made the first Top Fuel dragster pass in under four seconds.”

With only three races remaining in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, Millican is currently in the fifth position, with just one point putting him ahead of the sixth place driver and 141 points out of first place.

“Our plan since Indy has been the same: Go for the best elapsed time every session and collect all the bonus points we can,” Millican said. “On race day we have to continue to fight. We’ve learned it doesn’t matter how fast you go down that track, you could still lose on a holeshot. Everybody on my team is giving their all in these final races of 2017.”

The Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster will also have a new look this weekend. The vibrant orange and green colors on the car will be replaced with pink to help bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month.

2017 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals Schedule (Central Time)
Friday, October 13
3:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
6:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2

Saturday, October 14
2:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
5:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4

Sunday, October 15
11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

2017 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals TV Coverage (Eastern Time)
Friday, October 13 – 6:00 p.m. LIVE coverage of qualifying
Sunday, October 15 – 1:00 p.m. Qualifying coverage
Sunday, October 15 – 2:00 p.m. LIVE 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. 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

Event Hashtag: #AAAFallNats

A Record Setting Weekend For Stringer Performance: Clay Millican Makes Quickest Run in Top Fuel History

ST. LOUIS, MO (October 1, 2017) – This past weekend at the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, Clay Millican became the quickest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history. On Friday night, Millican drove the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster to a record-setting elapsed time of 3.631 seconds at 330.39 mph.

“It’s just an incredible thing for this team to do. We knew it was there, I’ve said it for a couple races now, that we could set the national record. It wasn’t quite like Babe Ruth calling his shot, but I definitely knew this car was capable of setting the national record. And I truly believe we are capable of re-setting the national record if the weather is correct at these next couple races,” Millican said.

Millican has now claimed three of the top five, quickest elapsed times in NHRA history. He previously set two elapsed time records at the NHRA race in Brainerd, Minnesota this past August.

This is the fifth time this season that Millican earned the No. 1 qualifying spot; his second race in a row. As the No. 1 qualifier, Millican raced No. 16 qualifier, Kyle Wurtzel, in the first round. Millican made a clean pass on the 98 degree track and took the win with a 3.664/328.06 to 5.096/136.69.

In Round Two, Millican came up against Dom Lagana. Millican had lane choice and picked the right lane. In that round of racing, many of the professional cars struggled in this lane. Millican ended up smoking the tires and Lagana took the win, 3.730/326.87 to 5.129/141.09.

“It’s a little disappointing when you have the quickest car out there. I’m not sure what happened today, but Grubby will figure it out,” said Millican. “We keep talking about bonus points, and we got bonus points this weekend, but we’re not turning on enough win lights for points. We want to turn on more. We win and lose together as a team. I believe we will win together again soon.”

Millican earned six bonus points this weekend and that was enough to move ahead of Tony Schumacher into the No. 5 spot. This has put him even closer to the championship. With three races to go, he is 141 points out of first place.

After three consecutive races in a row, the Stringer Performance team gets a weekend off. The next race is the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas, TX, October 13 – 15.

NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel Championship Points

POSITION DRIVER POINTS POINTS BEHIND LEADER VEHICLE
01 Steve Torrence 2376 0 Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports
02 Doug Kalitta 2334 -42 Mac Tools Dragster
03 Brittany Force 2293 -83 Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster
04 Antron Brown 2282 -94 Matco Tools Dragster
05 Clay Millican 2235 -141 Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster
06 Tony Schumacher 2234 -142 U.S. Army Dragster
07 Leah Pritchett 2224 -152 Papa John’s Dragster
08 Terry McMillen 2115 -261 Amalie Motor Oil Dragster
09 Scott Palmer 2105 -271 Marck Industries/Tommy Thompson Motorsports
10 Shawn Langdon 2100 -276 Global Electronic Technology Dragster

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. 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