McLeansboro, IL (February 22, 2017) – Clay Millican and the Stringer Performance team will be in familiar territory this weekend for the 2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals. They tested the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park just a few short weeks ago.
“We’re excited to go back to Phoenix and race,” said Millican. “We were just there testing and some parts we didn’t use in Pomona will be back on the dragster in Arizona.”
The test session was very productive and labeled a success by Millican. Crew chief David “Grubby” Grubnic had the team try new parts, combinations and even a new air-intake manifold set-up. Millican’s best pass of the week was a 3.739 second run at 288.87 mph.
At the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona two weeks ago, the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster only made one full-pass during qualifying, but it was enough to land Millican in the No. 10 spot. Unfortunately he was eliminated in Round One.
“Obviously we were not happy with the results in Pomona,” Millican said. “In Phoenix we will be back to what we know and we expect to see the car run numbers we were seeing last season.”
At this event last year, Millican defeated Troy Buff and Tony Schumacher to make it to the semifinal round.
FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will have three-hours of coverage from the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET.
2017 NHRA Arizona Nationals Race Schedule (All times Pacific Time)
Friday, February 24
2:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
4:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2
Saturday, February 25
2:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
4:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4
Sunday, February 26
11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin