NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, CA – Fast Facts

Stringer Performance Fast Facts


One last chance for a Wally weekend in 2015 for Stringer Performance…


It’s been an exhilarating first season filled with some major accomplishments, including a #1 qualifier position in Charlotte, for the Stringer Performance team. However, there’s one prize crew chief David Grubnic, driver Clay Millican, and the entire crew are still hungry for – a Wally. After racing their way to the semi-finals in Vegas two weeks ago, the team is ready to lay it all out on the line at the Finals to bring their very first Wally home.


During the team’s first showing in Pomona to open the 2015 season, they were still in testing mode. This time around they’re coming to race. The team has had almost a full year working on their Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster. In that time, they have collected a lot of valuable data and learned more about how the car reacts in certain situations. They’ve found consistency in the car with Grubnic dialing in runs in the low 3.70s and making it to the semi-final round at of one of the season’s last races against teams that have been in the field for years. The Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster’s season ending performance already has Millican ready for the Winter Nationals going into this weekend’s Finals at Pomona. Millican said, “I love racing in Pomona and with the way the car has been running lately – I wish it was the Winter Nationals and not the Finals!”


Reflecting on their first season is an especially gratifying feeling for team owner Doug Stringer and Millican, because at this time last year the Stringer Performance team was still just a dream these two longtime friends shared. Since the day the two decided to put this team together, they have operated with the motto “we’re doing this” – which symbolizes the foundation of this not so rookie, anymore, team. They’ve got one more chance to knock off their last rookie year goal, and there’s no better place to bring the Wally home from than the NHRA Finals!




Grubnic’s tuning continues to improve with Vegas semi-finals show…


It was an incredible weekend of racing for the Stringer Performance team as Clay Millican steered the Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster to the semi-finals in Vegas. Millican’s semi-finals appearance was a show of talent and perseverance for crew chief David Grubnic, who closes out his rookie year tuning this weekend in Pomona. Grubnic had to quickly figure out some tricky part malfunctions that caused a few bumps in the road for the team on Saturday.


However, when Millican stomped that peddle on Sunday all bets were off as the Parts Plus/ Great Clips dragster roared to round after round of victory. It’s a formula the team hopes to keep going this weekend in Pomona. With everyone looking to get in one last set of great runs before closing things out until 2016, this team is ready to come hard and fast towards the winner’s circle to bring home the Wally.


About Doug Stringer and Stringer Performance


Stringer Performance owner Doug Stringer has a lengthy resume in the racing industry. His career essentially began in drag racing having served as general manager for Jim Epler’s Rug Doctor Funny Car in 1996. Eventually he made a business decision to move in to the rapidly growing world of NASCAR racing where a role as general manger turned into an ownership role of a highly successful NASCAR Xfinity Series team. After selling his team in 2006, he formed Stringer Holdings, a sports marketing agency that manages sponsorship and related marketing platforms for various companies in both NASCAR and NHRA.


Longtime friends, Stringer and Millican have always talked about racing together and last fall the stars suddenly aligned.  Millican was looking for a team to call home in 2015 and Stringer had always desired to return to his roots in drag racing.  Having sponsor Parts Plus already in place with Millican made it a quick and easy decision and Stringer Performance was born. Stringer’s first order of business was the hiring of two essential people – David Grubnic as crew chief and Lance Larsen as general manager.