McLeansboro, IL (August 29, 2017) – Clay Millican’s confidence level could not be higher headed into the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. He clinched a spot in the Countdown, he is qualified for the Traxxas Shootout, he holds the track record for Top Fuel elapsed time, and a new sponsor joins the team.
A new associate sponsor riding along on the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is Seefried Ranch. Seefried Ranch is a family owned and operated working cattle ranch high up in the mountains in Mackay, Idaho.
“We are huge race fans and we really identify with Clay. He is hard-working, exemplifies the independent spirit and is extremely positive. We were so thrilled when he won this spring,” said ranch owner Holly Seefried. “Another reason why we wanted to get involved with Stringer Performance is that we love NHRA and how it’s very family oriented; everyone helps each other.”
Currently, Millican is seventh in the Countdown to the Championship, but all of that could change before the race weekend is over. This is the last event to make the Countdown and points will be worth 1.5 at the U.S. Nationals. There are also five qualifying sessions, giving him five chances to gain bonus points.
“Our goal from the beginning of the season has been to be in the top five entering the Countdown. That goal is still attainable and we plan to achieve it before leaving Indianapolis on Monday,” Millican said. “We had the car to beat in Brainerd and we want to keep that momentum going at the U.S. Nationals.”
During the most recent NHRA race, Millican made the two quickest passes during eliminations in the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster. He wants to keep this streak going headed into this weekend. Millican currently holds the Lucas Oil Raceway E.T. record for Top Fuel at 3.692 seconds. This is a record he doesn’t see lasting much longer.
“With the right weather and track conditions, that record won’t hold past Friday night. We run at night so it should be nice and cool. I hope it’s our team who resets the record,” Millican confessed.
This weekend is also the Traxxas Shootout which offers a $100,000 prize to the winner in both Top Fuel and Nitro Funny Car. To get into this bonus race, seven drivers claimed a spot by winning an NHRA race and an eighth driver is voted in by fans and a lottery system. Millican obtained his spot when he took home his first NHRA Wally in Bristol this past July.
“It feels good going into the week knowing I am already qualified for the Traxxas Shootout and not having to worry about getting in through the lottery system. That is a first for me. Instead of spending the last two weeks campaigning for votes, I was able to use that time visiting high schools, talking to teens about the importance of safe driving and promoting the B.R.A.K.E.S Program coming to Memphis,” Millican said.
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Race Schedule (Eastern Time)
Friday, September 1
8:45 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
Saturday, September 2
3:15 p.m. Traxxas Shootout Top Fuel Driver Introductions
3:45 p.m. Traxxas Shootout Top Fuel Round 1
4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2
5:45 p.m. Traxxas Shootout Top Fuel Round 2
7:40 p.m. Traxxas Shootout Top Fuel Finals
7:45 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
Sunday, September 3
1:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4
4:45 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 5
Monday, September 4
11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals TV Air Times (Eastern Time)
Sunday, Sept. 3, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at noon
Sunday, Sept. 3, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 4, FS1 will televise two hours of live finals coverage at 11 a.m.
Monday, Sept. 4, FOX will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 1 p.m.