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
1. Steve Torrence 2100
2. Antron Brown 2080
3. Leah Pritchett 2070
4. Tony Schumacher 2060
5. Doug Kalitta 2050
6. Brittany Force 2040
7. Clay Millican 2030*
8. Terry McMillen 2020
9. Scott Palmer 2010
10.Shawn Langdon 2000
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.
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.