Commerce, GA (April 7, 2017) – The NHRA Southern Nationals outside Atlanta was the third race in a row in the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series. Racing three weekends in a row can be grueling for drivers, teams and their cars. Clay Millican is proud of the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern team and their dragster.
“It was a great three weeks by this team. We’ve went three races without hurting any parts which is phenomenal for a nitro team,” Millican said.
Millican came into race day qualified No.4 with a 3.763 elapsed time at 312.13 mph. While not the top position, Millican was more than satisfied with that spot.
“We’re really happy with qualifying. We made two consistent runs down the race track on Saturday,” Millican said. “We’ve been number one the previous two races, but this weekend we were number four. Our goal is to always be in the top five, so we achieved that.”
Millican had a bye-run in Round One after Terry Haddock was unable to get his dragster to the starting line. Millican hazed the tires on the solo pass, running a 9.06/69.21.
“Obviously our opponent didn’t make it up for first round and we tuned it up a little bit. We weren’t necessarily trying to run low E.T., but trying to get lane choice for round two,” Millican said. “We felt like we needed to maintain lane choice, but we didn’t get away with it; it spun the tires.”
In Round Two Millican came up against Doug Kalitta. Unfortunately for Millican, a cylinder went out on the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster and Kalitta went on to win the race: 3.779/321.81 to 4.744/158.63.
“We put a cylinder out second round. Grubby is trying to figure out how it happened. We haven’t had that problem in a while,” Millican said. “Essentially as soon as I stepped on the throttle it wasn’t going anywhere, so the race was pretty much over at that point.”
Millican leaves Georgia No.6 in points and extends his lead over seventh place, Brittany Force.
Next for the Stringer Performance team is the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas on May 19 – 21, 2017.