The 2018 NHRA season kicked off this weekend with the Winter Nationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA this weekend! Armed with a brand new chassis, driver Clay Millican and his Stringer Performance were ready to take the Great Clips/ Parts Plus dragster out on the track for the first event of the year. After a successful test session in Phoenix the week before, Millican and his team, led by crew chief David Grubnic, were confident that all of their hard work during the off-season had paid off – and they were 100% correct.
Friday marked Millican’s first time on the track for Day 1 of qualifying for the Winter Nationals and made quite the statement by taking the No. 1 spot with the fastest run of the day with a 3.694 second run. However, what followed on Saturday not only sent shockwaves throughout the NHRA Top Fuel garage but also made national news when Millican set a new World Record with an elapsed time of 3.628 seconds. Millican broke his own record of 3.631 set last year in Madison, Illinois.
”My crew chief, David Grubnic, runs this car differently than anybody else out here and he is just one of a kind,” Millican said. ”I knew it was a special run at the 330-foot mark, and I even shut the car off a bit early so we know we can improve upon those numbers at some point. I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”
Going into Sunday’s finals as the No. 1 qualifier, Millican and team were ready to battle for the Wally and faced Steve Chrisman in Round One of Eliminations. Clay got the win light with a time of 3.709 and went into Round 2 with a bye. Advancing to the semi-finals, Clay went up against Doug Kalita but a mechanical issue kept him from going for the win.
The Stringer Performance team leaves Pomona riding a huge wave of momentum following their World Record run and holding onto the third spot in the standings. Next up for the team is the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, February 23-25th.