Norwalk, OH (June 25, 2016) – Coming off his first NHRA win of his career, Clay Millican drove the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster to the quarterfinals of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
This was the last of four races in a row for Millican and the Stringer Performance team. This part of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing schedule can be grueling, with the crew living and working on the road for a month.
“It’s been an amazing four-race swing. Last year on this four-race swing I don’t think we won a single round and we tore up a lot of parts,” Millican said. “Here we are in Norwalk and we just wrapped up things up. We won our first race and we didn’t hurt any parts or any motors. All the guys worked their tails off these last four weeks.”
Millican came into race day qualified No. 6 with an elapsed time of 3.741 at 322.19 mph. In Round One, he took on Scott Palmer. Palmer broke off the line and Clay took the win with a 3.775/311.63.
In Round Two, Millican faced Steve Torrence for the fifth time in the last seven races. The two dragsters were very close most of the race, but the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster dropped a cylinder and put a hole out. Torrence took the win: 3.792/326.79 to 3.872/312.86.
“We went into second round against the man who’s been on fire and won the race here: Steve Torrence. He got us in the second round. We had him most of the way, but we dropped a cylinder and those things are most likely not going to turn a win light on,” said Millican.
The Stringer Performance team finally has a weekend off, but then it is off to Chicago for the Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals on July 6 – 9.