Clay Millican Racing

Strutmasters Ups Its Sponsorship of Clay Millican, Stringer Performance

Shortly before the Heartland Nationals, Strutmasters announced that it would be increasing our sponsorship of Top Fuel legend Clay Millican and the Stringer Performance racing team.

The Roxboro-based “Suspension Experts” first partnered with Stringer Performance in 2017. After the increase in sponsorship, Strutmasters.com will have co-primary positioning on the body of the car along with Great Clips and Parts Plus during the Heartland Nationals (May 18-20) and the Thunder Valley Nationals (June 15-17).

Founded by Chip Lofton in 1999, Strutmasters has been offering affordable solutions to suspension problems for families across America for almost two decades. The company and the Lofton family has long been associated with motorsports. Lofton discussed the decision in an interview just prior to the Heartland Nationals in Topeka.


“We had the Thunder Valley Nationals on our radar as one of the events we wanted to sponsor but with the way Clay and the Stringer Performance team have been running this season we wanted to jump in as quick as possible and added the Topeka event as well,” said Strutmasters.com owner, Chip Lofton. “Doug Stringer and his team have put forth impressive results so far this season, with Clay most recently breaking the track record at Atlanta on top of three No. 1 qualifiers so far this season. We are extremely proud to be a part of this team.”


Doug Stringer, owner of Stringer Performance, said in a statement that he is delighted to see Strutmasters.com take a bigger role in the team.


Strutmasters.com has been a great partner of our team over the course of the last two seasons,” said Stringer. “I’m excited for them to step into a major partner role for the Heartland Nationals and the Thunder Valley Nationals and to have the opportunity to capitalize on the marketing value associated with primary sponsorship. Bristol especially is a special race for us having won our very first Wally here last year so we have every intention of repeating and taking Strutmasters.com to the Winners Circle.”

Clay Millican and the NHRA Speak About Randy Alexander’s Death

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The racing world lost one of its stars when driver Randy Alexander lost his life in a crash in the Southern Nationals in Atlanta on Saturday.

Alexander lost control of his vehicle in the right lane after crossing the finish line, swinging him into the left lane in front of Bob Mandell. Mandell, who clocked a speed of 203 miles per hour, had not slowed down much from the race yet and t-boned Alexander’s Corvette. This caused Alexander’s car to flip over and land on the retainer wall. Alexander passed away later at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

Veteran driver and Top Fuel record-holder Clay Millican, who has seen his fair share of crashes and malfunctions already this season, spoke to the media about the incident.

[I] certainly was thinking about what happened earlier today with the Top Sportsman cars,” said Millican. “Man, we all know what can happen. NHRA has more 200-mile-an-hour runs by more individuals than any other sport in the world. And we kind of get used to these things going down the racetrack. So I’m certainly thinking about families that were involved in that today. It’s part of what we do, but man, you hate to see anything like that happen.”

 

Several hours after the incident, the NHRA released the following prepared statement:

“It is with heavy hearts that we report Randy Alexander of Harvest, Alabama, passed away at a local hospital after sustaining injuries in an on-track incident at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Georgia. NHRA and the entire racing community extend their deepest condolences and their prayers to the participant’s family and friends. We also ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”


An uptick in the number of crashes and explosions this season has the NHRA trying a number of different approaches to make the sport and its drivers safer.

This is a developing story and we’ll be sure to follow it.

Three Weeks In and This NHRA Season Has Already Been Crazy

Let’s face it, there is nothing tame about professional drag racing, but just three weekends into the 2018 NHRA season and it’s already been one for the history books.

We’ve seen Clay Millican break his own Top Fuel record twice in one day. Then we saw Tony Schumacher break it the following week. Then Clay broke it again. Then Schumacher broke it again.

On the opening weekend we saw Brittany Force crash badly, only to see her father, NHRA legend John, involved in one of the scariest crashes we’ve ever seen this past weekend at the Arizona Nationals.



However, another member of the Force family, Courtney, won the Funny Car finals that same day at the Arizona Nationals, beating out Tommy Johnson, Jr. with a 3.834-second run at 337.16 mph

It isn’t even March and it has already been a wild and exciting year for drag racing. There’s no telling what the rest of this season has in store for all of us racing fans. Follow this link to the NHRA website to catch the dates for all of this season’s races:


At Strutmasters, we are proud sponsors of Clay Millican and the Stringer Performance Top Fuel racing team.

Clay Does it Again! Millican Breaks His Own Top Fuel Record

NHRA fan favorite Clay Millican broke the Top Fuel national time record and took the top position this past Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals with a time of 3.628 seconds at 322.04 mph.

Millican also owned the previous record of 3.631 seconds, which he set the previous year in Madison, Illinois.

The Stringer Performance driver credited the people around him for the new record.

“My crew chief, David Grubnic, runs this car differently than anybody else out here, and he is just one of a kind,” said Millican.

Millican insists that he and the Stringer team aren’t done yet, despite the excitement over the new record.

“I knew it was a special run at the 330-foot mark, and I even shut the car off a bit early, so we know we can improve upon those numbers at some point.”

 


Strutmasters, always a champion of top-shelf performance, is a proud sponsor of Clay Millican and the Stringer Performance NHRA team.

SECOND YEAR IN A ROW MILLICAN TOPS QUALIFYING AND SETS TRACK RECORD AT U.S. NATIONALS

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Indianapolis, IN (September 4, 2017) – For the second year in a row, Clay Millican earned the No. 1 qualifying spot and set a Lucas Oil Raceway track record at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. He now has three of the top 10 quickest runs, in Top Fuel history.

 

On Saturday evening, Millican drove the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster to an elapsed time of 3.663 at 329.10 mph. This put him in the top qualifying spot, set the Top Fuel E.T. record at Lucas Oil Raceway and became the seventh fastest Top Fuel pass ever.

 

“My confidence is now at an all-time high. I know when I get in that race car it can run with anybody here, at any time, without a question. Our car is quick as anybody’s in the world right now,” Millican said. “This is a tune up David Grubnic has been working on for three years. This is his tune up, not somebody else’s he is massaging. Grubby never quits thinking and never sits still.”

 

On top of setting the record and qualifying No. 1, Millican made five clean passes that earned him 11 bonus points, which were critical to securing a spot in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship. He attributes his recent success to his crew.

 

“It’s all about the people. We have all the right people in the right place. It starts with Doug and works its way down to the kids working on this car. They’re an amazing group of young guys,” Millican said. “Every Sunday night we get the crew together to talk about what went right, why we won and why we lost. They work so hard without the recognition they deserve. They are the ones that make this car go. We have a heck of a team. I’m more confident in this car than any other car I’ve driven in my life.”

 

Unfortunately, Millican made in early exit on race day. In the first round Millican came up against No. 16 qualifier, Kebin Kinsley. While Millican made a great pass of 3.756/323.97, Kinsley took the win on a holeshot running 3.813/318.02.

 

“It was a close race and I had a .077 reaction time, but Kebin had a .014 light. Hats off to him on a good run,” Millican said.

 

At the end of the day, Millican clinched the No.7 spot in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.

 

Next up is the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 15 – 17, 2017. This is the first race in the Countdown, so points are reset and the Parts Plus/Great Clips/UNOH team will start from the seventh position with six races to reach the number one spot.

  

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. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips and UNOH.

 

Social Media:

Facebook.com/StringerPerformance

Twitter: @StringerRacing

Instagram: @stringerperformance

 

Facebook.com/ClayMillican

Twitter: @ClayMillican

Instagram: @ClayMillican

EARLY EXIT AT SONOMA NATIONALS DOESN’T DISCOURAGE MILLICAN

Sonoma, CA (July 30, 2017) – Eliminations at the Toyota NHRA Nationals did not go the way Clay Millican and the Stringer Performance team had hoped. For only the third time this year, the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster was eliminated in the first round of eliminations.

 

Millican came into race day qualified No. 8 with an elapsed time of 3.744 at 328.54 mph.

 

“We came out of the gate like gangbusters with our 3.744 run on Friday,” Millican said. “But then we missed the tune up on the next run and went up in smoke.”

 

In Round One Millican faced No.9 qualifier, Terry McMillen. Right from the start, the tires of the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio went up in smoke. McMillen took the win: 3.785/323.74 to 10.446/79.43. This is the fifth time this year that Millican and McMillen faced each other with the win loss record now being 3-2.

 

“It’s very unusual for our car to smoke the tires four runs in a row,” confessed Millican. “But Grubby, (Crew Chief David Grubnic), has pinpointed what the problem is and we will have it fixed before our next race in Seattle.”

 

Next up for the Stringer Performance team is the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington at Pacific Raceways August 4 – 6, 2016.

 

“Overall it was a good weekend. We’re halfway thru the Western Swing and our team is on it. We’re headed for Seattle and we have a new look for our car we can’t wait to show everyone,” Millican said.

 

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. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips and UNOH.

 

Social Media:

Facebook.com/StringerPerformance

Twitter: @StringerRacing

Instagram: @stringerperformance

 

Facebook.com/ClayMillican

Twitter: @ClayMillican

Instagram: @ClayMillican

MILLICAN DRIVES TO SONOMA WITH MOST CONSISTENT CAR ON TRACK

McLeansboro, IL (July 27, 2017) – Clay Millican is optimistic about the performance of his Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster heading towards the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals. He had possibly the most consistent race car on the track this past weekend and he wants to keep the streak going.

 

“We ran a 3.79 three times in a row. We were one of the only cars who made consistent passes all three days,” Millican said. “Friday, I actually turned off early twice. We had no smoking tire issues and we were on a roll until a parts break in the second round Sunday.”

 

Millican is also happy to be headed towards the second leg of the NHRA Western Swing. Racing in Sonoma means a return to more familiar territory when it comes to tuning the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster.

 

“The high altitude of Denver was so tricky for everyone,” Millican said. “We’ll be back at sea level in Sonoma and back to what we are comfortable with.”

 

Millican will also be racing the Great Clips, Shark Week themed paint scheme this weekend. Shark Week airs thru Sunday, July 30 on the Discovery Channel.

 

Fans will be able to watch all the action from the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals live on FOX Sports 1 this weekend.

 

2017 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals Schedule (Pacific Time)

Friday, July 28

5:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying

8:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying

Saturday, July 29

2:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying

5:00 p.m. Top Fuel Dragster Qualifying

5:35 p.m. Nitro Funny Car Qualifying

Sunday, July 30

11:00 a.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

 

2017 Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals Television Coverage (Eastern Time)

Friday, July 28 – 11:00 p.m. Qualifying LIVE on FS1

Saturday, July 29 – 10:00 p.m. Qualifying on FS1

Sunday, July 30 – 4:00 p.m. Eliminations LIVE on FS1

 

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. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips and UNOH.

 

Social Media:

Facebook.com/StringerPerformance

Twitter: @StringerRacing

Instagram: @stringerperformance

 

Facebook.com/ClayMillican

Twitter: @ClayMillican

Instagram: @ClayMillican

Media Contact:

 

Nicole Clark-Erickson

Aries Media LLC

[email protected]

913-406-2969

CONSISTENCY TAKES MILLICAN TO THE QUARTERFINALS IN DENVER

Denver, CO (July 23, 2017) – Clay Millican drove the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio Top Fuel dragster to the quarterfinals at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver, Colorado.

 

“Our intention was to sweep both mountains. We had a really solid and consistent race car in qualifying. This thing just kept going right down the race track,” Millican said. “Yesterday we went 3.79 twice. We went out there first round and this thing goes right down the race track and runs a third 3.79.”

 

Millican came into race day qualified No. 8 with an elapsed time of 3.795 at 309.77 mph. In Round One he faced off against No. 9 qualifier Bob Vandergriff Jr. Millican left the starting line first and kept the lead the entire race and won with a 3.798/315.19 to 3.866/311.99. Despite that time being the second fastest time of the round, Millican did not get lane choice going into second round.

 

Round Two, Millican faced Leah Pritchett. Millican had a slight advantage off the start, but the car shut off early after a problem in the engine and Pritchett took the win with a 3.817/320.28 to 3.927/254.47.

 

“We left the starting line first and we were ahead at half-track. Unfortunately, we broke. We hurt the car. But you know what. We have a really good race car. We’re bringing the Shark Week car to Sonoma and we’re just going to keep chomping at the competition,” Millican said.

 

Millican is currently No. 7 in the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series points standings in Top Fuel dragster. Next in the Western Swing for the Stringer Performance team is the Toyota NHRA Somona Nationals in Sonoma, California.

 

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. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips and UNOH.

 

Social Media:

Facebook.com/StringerPerformance

Twitter: @StringerRacing

Instagram: @stringerperformance

 

Facebook.com/ClayMillican

Twitter: @ClayMillican

Instagram: @ClayMillican

Media Contacts:

Nicole Clark-Erickson

Aries Media LLC

[email protected]

913-406-2969

MILLICAN PILOTING SPECIAL SHARK WEEK DRAGSTER IN WESTERN SWING

 

 

McLeansboro, IL (July 19, 2017) – This weekend at the 2017 MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, Clay Millican hopes to take a bite out of his competition in his Great Clips/Shark Week themed Top Fuel Dragster.

 

The special livery on the dragster highlights one of Stringer Performance’s title sponsors, Great Clips, and their support of the hugely popular Shark Week on the Discovery Channel airing July 23 to July 30.

 

“I’m excited to be piloting such a cool car. I’m going to channel the shark thinking: the only thing on a shark’s mind is eating. All that’s on my mind is winning,” Millican said. “It amazes me how many race fans get into Shark Week. I’ll admit I watch Discovery a lot. It has some of my favorite television shows.”

 

Millican heads into Denver locked in a tights points battle. He is currently in the No. 7 position, but only 22 points behind Brittany Force. He’s hoping the Western Swing can give him momentum to move ahead.

 

“Our goal at the beginning of the year was to make the top 5. I am hoping that by the time we are finished with the Western Swing we will be No. 5,” Millican said. “It is so close right now. We just have to get a jump on Brittany and Kalitta.”

 

While coverage of qualifying at the MOPAR Mile-High Nationals will be on FS1 Friday night, this week fans will be able to watch final eliminations live on FOX NetworkSunday afternoon.

 

“It’s always awesome when we are featured on FOX network. That brings in new viewers who we hope turn into NHRA fans,” Millican said.

 

MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals Race Schedule (Mountain Time)

Friday, July 21

5:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1

8:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2

SaturdayJuly 22

4:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3

7:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4

SundayJuly 23

11:00 p.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin

 

MOPAR Mile-High NHRA Nationals TV Schedule (Eastern Time)

Friday, July 218:00 p.m. on FS1

SundayJuly 2312:30 a.m. on FS1

SundayJuly 233:00 p.m. LIVE on FOX-TV 

 

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. Stringer Performance proudly boasts a solid lineup of marketing partners including marquee partners: Parts Plus, Great Clips and UNOH.

 

Social Media:

Facebook.com/StringerPerformance

Twitter: @StringerRacing

Instagram: @stringerperformance

 

Facebook.com/ClayMillican

Twitter: @ClayMillican

Instagram: @ClayMillican

 

Nicole Clark-Erickson

Aries Media LLC

[email protected]

913-406-2969