Chandler, AZ (February 26, 2017) – The Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster driven by Clay Millican raced to the quarterfinals at the NHRA Arizona Nationals outside Phoenix this past weekend.
Millican went into race day qualified No. 8 with an elapsed time of 3.710 at 321.96 mph. He faced Troy Buff in Round One and they were the first pair of the day with an air temperature of 66 degrees and a track temperature of only 81 degrees. Millican had the advantage off the starting line and never lost it. He defeated Troy Buff with a time of 3.763 at 322.58 mph. to 3.814 at 308.57 mph.
“Going into first round, you’re racing Bill Miller with Troy Buff driving and that car has all the sudden shown some really good performance, so we can’t take him lightly,” said Millican. “But we ran 3.76, which was kind of our intent, and we got the round win.”
In Round Two Millican came up against defending event champion Leah Pritchett. He is 4 – 3 in previous match-ups with Pritchett. Millican had a slight advantage off the starting line with a .093 reaction time to Pritchett’s .117, but the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster started to haze the tires and Millican pedaled the car to get back in the race.
“We were not really concerned with how good her performance has been this year, because we knew we just needed to repeat what we did in Q4. The track kind of surprised us, I think. We were not trying to do anything that we weren’t doing all weekend,” Millican said. “Pritchett’s car is tough right now and from the outside looking in, it looked like we probably tuned it up to outrun her, but that’s not really the case. Grubby will figure out why it smoked the tires, but it wasn’t because we were trying to run 3.65. We were just trying to run 3.70 – 3.71; that’s all we were trying to do.”
Millican leaves the NHRA Arizona Nationals tenth in points. Next up for the team is the 2017 Amalie Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida on March 16 – 19, 2017.
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.