Concord, NC (September 17, 2017) – Clay Millican made a great showing at the first stop in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. Millican drove the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster to a semifinal finish at the NHRA Carolina Nationals.

Millican set the tone for the weekend straight out of the gate. In the first session of qualifying he shot to the top spot with an elapsed time of 3.761 at 322.96 mph. This gave him three valuable bonus points. On Saturday, he ran the low E.T. of the session again, earning another three points.

Millican came into race day qualified fifth with an elapsed time of 3.747 at 319.82 mph.
In Round One, Millican came up against Dom Lagana. Millican set low E.T. of the round with a 3.725/322.81 to Lagana’s 3.839/314.83.

In Round Two, Millican came up against Antron Brown. It was an extremely close race with Millican getting the win over Brown: 3.754/323.35 to 3.776/323.89. Once again, it is Millican who sets low E.T. of the round.

“We’ve had a lot of issues racing Antron; He’s had my number. But I knew when I hit the throttle we were off and running. We beat Antron by point zero, zero, five and turned the win light on. A great drag race for the fans to watch and a great win light for this team,” said Millican.

In the semifinals, Millican faced Doug Kalitta. Millican was in the lead for a good portion of the race, but it was Kalitta who took the win, 3.784/322.50 to 3.804/313.73.

“We were quite a bit ahead early in the run. Coming up on half-track we were still ahead, but we had something going on with the super charger and the boost came down a little bit and we got out run,” Millican said. “Now what’s happened in the points is the top three drivers went out early and the bottom of the class moved up. This is going to be an exciting countdown.”

Up next for the Stringer Performance Top Fuel dragster team is the 2017 Dodge NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania, September 21 – 24, 2017.

Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Points

POSITION DRIVER POINTS POINTS BEHIND LEADER VEHICLE
01 Doug Kalitta 2173 0 Mac Tools Dragster
02 Steve Torrence 2159 -14 Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports
03 Antron Brown 2135 -38 Matco Tools Dragster
04 Brittany Force 2117 -56 Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster
05 Tony Schumacher 2115 -58 U.S. Army Dragster
06 Clay Millican 2110 -63 Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster
07 Leah Pritchett 2108 -65 Papa Johns Dragster
08 Terry McMillen 2051 -122 Amalie Motor Oil Dragster
09 Scott Palmer 2042 -131 Marck Industries/Tommy Thompson Motorsports
10 Shawn Langdon 2036 -137 Global Electronic Technology Dragster