Reading, PA (September 24, 2017) – For Clay Millican, earning points towards the NHRA Mello Yello Championship was a big priority this weekend at the Dodge NHRA Nationals. Millican and the Stringer Performance team are battling to win the NHRA Top Fuel Championship.
“We got points on the brain. We’re looking at the bonus points, the qualifying points; everything necessary to get ourselves moved up. We’re right on the heels of everyone. This points battle is tight,” said Millican.
Thanks to a qualifying run of 3.699 at 327.27 mph in the heat of the day on Friday, Millican earned 3 bonus points and put the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster in the No. 1 qualifying spot. This is the fourth time this season that Millican earned the top qualifying spot.
Because only 15 drivers entered the race, Millican had a bye-run first round. While he did not have an opponent in the other lane, he laid down an impressive 3.705/328.62 run, which was low of the session and the day.
In Round two, he came up against Antron Brown. Brown had a slight starting line advantage and took the win: 3.778/311.49 to 4.003/231.60.
“It’s been an up and down day. It certainly started on a high note with a 3.70 on the first pass. That car was absolutely flying. We were low E.T. of first round,” Millican said. “Antron’s had my number, but we beat him last race. I thought we were off and running on this one. The car put a cylinder out and the engine hurt itself.”
Next for Millican is the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis on September 29 – October 1. This is the home race for Stringer Performance, which is based out of McLeansboro, Illinois.
2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Point Standings
|POSITION||DRIVER||POINTS||POINTS BEHIND LEADER||VEHICLE|
|01||Steve Torrence||2259||0||Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports|
|02||Doug Kalitta||2237||-22||Mac Tools Dragster|
|03||Brittany Force||2236||-23||Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster|
|04||Antron Brown||2208||-51||Matco Tools Dragster|
|05||Tony Schumacher||2174||-85||U.S. Army Dragster|
|06||Clay Millican||2171||-88||Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster|
|07||Leah Pritchett||2162||-97||Papa John’s Dragster|
|08||Terry McMillen||2083||-176||Amalie Motor Oil Dragster|
|09||Scott Palmer||2074||-185||Marck Industries/Tommy Thompson Motorsports|
|10||Shawn Langdon||2068||-191||Global Electronic Technology Dragster|