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.
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