McLeansboro, IL (September 13, 2017) – This weekend, the NHRA returns to zMAX Dragway in Charlotte for the 2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals. This is the first race in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship and Clay Millican is fired up and ready to race his way to the top.

Millican enters the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship in the No. 7 spot. The points are reset for the final six races of the season placing Millican and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster only 70 points out of first place.

“Coming off Indy and having such a great running ca,r we are ready to race for the championship. We are comfortable starting from the seventh position,” Millican said. “I won’t lie; it hurt losing in the first round in Indy. But all the loss did is spark a fire in all the crew and inspire us to win. Every run moving forward we are going to push as hard as we can, starting with Q1 on Friday afternoon.”

Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings – Top Fuel

01 Steve Torrence 2100 0 Capco Racing/Torrence Motorsports
02 Antron Brown 2080 -20 Matco Tools Dragster
03 Leah Pritchett 2070 -30 Papa Johns Dragster
04 Tony Schumacher 2060 -40 U.S. Army Dragster
05 Doug Kalitta 2050 -50 Mac Tools Dragster
06 Brittany Force 2040 -60 Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster
07 Clay Millican 2030 -70 Parts Plus/ Great Clips/ UNOH dragster
08 Terry McMillen 2020 -80 Amalie Motor Oil Dragster
09 Scott Palmer 2010 -90 Marck Industries/Tommy Thompson Motorsports
10 Shawn Langdon 2000 -100 Global Electronic Technology Dragster


Every visit to Charlotte for Millican also includes working with Doug Herbert and B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe). Their mission is to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents the importance of safe and responsible driving. During his weekend off from racing Millican hosted a hugely successful B.R.A.K.E.S. driving school in Tennessee.

“What an amazing weekend we had! We had 140 plus kids, 140 plus parents, 30 plus volunteers, 40 plus B.R.A.K.E.S Instructors, 2 THP Officers, 20 plus firefighters, and 2 Millington Police Officers,” Millican said. “Memphis International Raceway was the perfect place and we had perfect weather. It was a perfect weekend to be a part of helping make some young people to be safer drivers.”

This weekend Millican will be attending the annual B.R.A.K.E.S. fundraising gala Saturday night. This year is a disco theme which Millican is excited about.

“I have some nice silver platform shoes I’m wearing out on the dance floor. It’s going to be a fun night to raise money for this amazing charity,” Millican said.

2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals Schedule (Eastern Time)
Friday, September 15
3:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
6:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2
Saturday, September 16
1:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4
Sunday, September 17
12:00 p.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

2017 NHRA Carolina Nationals TV Air-Times (Eastern Time)
Friday, September 15 – 6:00 p.m. LIVE coverage of qualifying
Sunday, September 17 – 2:00 a.m. Coverage of qualifying
Sunday, September 17 – 2:30 p.m. LIVE coverage of eliminations