Brainerd, MN (August 20, 2017) – Clay Millican and the Stringer Performance crew laid down two record setting runs at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota. Millican posted the second and third fastest runs in NHRA Top Fuel History in the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio.
Millican came into race day qualified No. 5 with an elapsed time of 3.706 at 324.12 mph. In Round One, Millican raced No. 12 qualifier Chris Karamasines. With a track temperature of 88 degrees Millican made the second quickest run in NHRA Top Fuel history with a time of 3.655 at 330.23 mph and took the win. In Round Two, Millican came up against Tony Schumacher and the track heated up to 96 degrees. Millican ended up making the third quickest run in Top Fuel history at 3.658 at 330.47 mph.
In the semifinals, Millican came up against Leah Pritchett. Pritchett set the national record on Friday night with a 3.640/331.53. It was a close race off the start, but a parts malfunction slowed down the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH dragster and Pritchett took the win: 3.666/330.88 to 3.792/263.00.
“We had the car to beat. Hands down, we had the best car here during eliminations,” Millican said. “During the semifinals against Leah it was about to be the quickest side by side run in history, but unfortunately we had a parts breakage.”
Millican leaves Brainerd No. 7 in points heading into the Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend. At that race, all points earned are worth 1.5. This is vital, as it is the last race before the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
“We’ve got one awesome race car. Grubby (crew chief David Grubnic) has been working on a set up for the last few months. He’s been tinkering with it here and there and we brought it out this weekend,” Millican said. “We’re getting ready for the Countdown and I think our performance this weekend was a big step in the right direction.”