MILLICAN SHOWING INDEPENDENT TEAMS
CAN COMPETE WITH BIG GUYS
McLeansboro, IL (June 21, 2017) – Fresh from his first NHRA race win last week in Bristol, Clay Millican is ready to keep the momentum going at the 2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. He is ready to put the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster back in the Winner’s Circle.
“I’ve been so overwhelmed with all the messages and congrats I’ve received since Sunday night. My phone and social media has just blown up. I’m just so grateful,” Millican said. “I’ve always been confident that Grubby (Crew Chief David Grubnic) and the crew would get us in the Winner’s Circle. We’re just a small single-car team, but we showed the big guys that we can get the job done.”
Unlike most professional Top Fuel teams, the Stringer Performance team is based out of the small town of McLeansboro, Illinois. The crew is relatively young with most of them never working on a professional race team before. There are no high-tech frills in their shop. In fact, it’s a barn and it’s located in car owner Doug Stringer’s backyard. In their off time the crew fish in a pond down the hill or take shooting practice in the farm field.
“We are really a family team. That is something we really value and appreciate,” Stringer said. “I just can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone after our win in Bristol. They all worked their tails off to compete against the multi-car teams and bring home a win. I know they’ll do it again soon.”
Millican and Stringer have worked together for three years now. In that time the team has continued to improve. In 2015 Millican finished the season No.11 and last year cracked the top 10. The victory in Bristol has put Millican No.7 in the NHRA Mello Yello points standings, only 10 points behind Brittany Force.
Upon their return to McLeansboro after a month away on the NHRA Eastern Swing, the entire town has been invited to welcome the Stringer Performance team home and celebrate their Bristol win on Tuesday evening.
2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Schedule
Friday, June 23
6:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
8:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2
Saturday, June 24
1:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4
Sunday, June 25
11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin
2017 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals TV Schedule on FS1
Friday, June 23 – 10:30 p.m. Qualifying Coverage
Sunday, June 25 – 12:00 a.m. Qualifying Coverage
Sunday, June 25 – 6:00 p.m. Eliminations Coverage
About Stringer Performance
Established in 2015, Stringer Performance is entering its third year of competition in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series with veteran Top Fuel driver Clay Millican. Owned by Doug Stringer who has a lengthy resume in the racing industry in both NHRA and NASCAR, the team is based in McLeansboro, IL where Stringer resides. The team is led by crew chief David Grubnic, a former NHRA Top Fuel driver turned tuner, and general manager Lance Larsen. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips and UNOH.