Parts Plus - Liquid MPG Team Takes on Four Wide Nationals
(Concord N.C.) Clay Millican driving Dexter Tuttle’s Parts Plus - Liquid MPG Top Fuel Dragster competed at the NHRA Four Wide Nationals, April 11-13. The Four Wide Nationals is a unique and spectacular event where NHRA Mellow Yellow series drivers compete in groups of four at the same time during qualifying and eliminations.
As was the case in Las Vegas, Millican, qualified 13th with a 3.90 at 270 MPH. This would set up a foursome between Clay, Antron Brown, Brittany Force and Leah Pritchett. At the start of the run, Millican had an 0.069 reaction time and then dropped a cylinder during the pass to finished third in the foursome with a 3.98 at 285 MPH. Sadly, a broken exhaust adjuster broke which slowed the car down and eliminated Clay from further competition.
The NHRA now returns to more conventional racing when the tour heads to Houston, Texas, April 25-27th for the NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals.
Parts Plus Team Fights Clutch Problem in Vegas
(Las Vegas) Clay Millican in the Parts Plus / Liquid MPG Top Fuel Dragster lost a tough battle in the first round the Summit Racing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. The team has been battling some clutch problems as of late and are valiantly trying to get them solved while still qualifying at every event.
Millican qualified lucky number 13 with a 3.87 at 295 MPH. This paired him up with number four qualifier Spencer Massey, who qualified with a decent 3.80 at 320 MPH.
In round one, it was Massey out of the gate first with a 0.048 reaction time to Millican’s 0.057. As Massey lengthened his lead, Millican then had a clutch problem near the finish line but still ran a 4.21 at only 207 MPH. However, it wasn’t enough to stop Massey’s 3.80 at 320 MPH.
Next, the team heads east to Charlotte NC for the Four Wide Nationals, April 11-13.
Millican Has a Little Too Much Power in Round One at NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals
(Gainesville FL) Clay Millican made his first east coast appearance of the year at the highly anticipated NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals. The event is one of the biggest NHRA events of the year and one that every driver wants to add to their list of wins and career accomplishments.
In qualifying, Millican driving for Dexter Tuttle was on track for a successful outing as he landed 12th with a respectable 3.86 at 308 MPH in the Parts Plus / Liquid MPG Top Fuel Dragster.
The team now moves on to Las Vegas for the NHRA Summit Nationals March 28-30th.
Millican Exits Early in the Arizona Desert
Millican, qualified 13th with a decent 3.84 at 313 MPH to face the reining Top Fuel Champion Shawn Langdon, who qualified fourth with a 3.76 at 323 MPH. At the starting line it was Langdon out of the gate first but Millican was not far behind. As Millican began to gain some momentum he started to loose traction as the car shook hard and smoked the tires. He then had no choice but to abandon the pass and wisely shut it off. Meanwhile, Lanngdon made a strong run to advance into the next round.
It was a tough loss but the team will regroup and get ready for their next event at the NHRA Gatornationals, March 13-16. Tuttle Motorsports would like to thank their sponsors Parts Plus, Liquid MPG, Bendix and Exide Batteries.
Millican and Tuttle Have an Exciting Debut at the
The team almost didn’t make it into the elimination rounds as the trio was on the outside looking in until the final qualifying session when it was do or die. Millican was forced to make a Hale Mary pass to get in the show and did it with a 3.84 at 307 MPH good for the 14th spot. Prior to the final qualifying session, the team was fighting computer glitches on each pass and Walsh had no data to work with, so the successful pass was partly a shot in the dark.
In round one, Millican who was celebrating a birthday, took on Antron Brown whom he had never beat in eliminations. Brown qualified third with a 3.73 at 326 MPH. At the green, Brown got out of the gate first with a sizable advantage but at about 300 feet out he smoked the tires while Millican was on a picture perfect pass. Millican was able to grab the lead and maintain it the rest of the way to get his first round win over Brown. Millican recorded his best run of the event, a 3.79 at 312 MPH to Brown’s 4.07 at 266 MPH.
In the quarterfinals, Millican faced former Tuttle Motorsports driver Steve Torrence who qualified sixth with a 3.77. At the hit, Torrence got a slight starting line advantage and was able to maintain a short twenty foot lead all the way to the finish line. Torrence recorded a 3.79 at 324 MPH to take the win over Millican’s valiant 3.82 at 316 MPH pass.
It was a confidence boosting weekend for the new team as they worked through some technical problems to finish strong and make it to the quarterfinals at one of NHRA’s biggest signature events.
Millican and Tuttle Working Hard for 2014 Start
FORT WORTH, Tex. (January 7, 2014) -- Ask Top Fuel driver Clay Millican what his favorite gift was this Christmas and he will proudly announce it was his sponsorship from Parts Plus. The multi-year deal was finalized on Christmas Eve, just in time to be put under the tree on Christmas morning.
The start of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello season will mark a new era in Millican's career as he joins forces with long time team owner, Dexter Tuttle and Tuttle Motorsports. The Parts Plus deal will provide funding for Millican and the team for several years, giving Tuttle the security that comes with a multi-year contract.
"I've been wanting to get back to full-time racing for a while now," Tuttle said. "We were gearing up to run a limited schedule under the Liquid MPG banner in 2014. Now with both Parts Plus and Liquid MPG as sponsors, we will be able to run the entire tour for the next several seasons."
Officially Millican will be driving the Parts Plus/Liquid MPG Top Fuel dragster, and he is equally enthusiastic about 2014, and beyond.
"This really is a great fit all the way around," Millican said. "Once the Parts Plus folks met Dexter we all knew this was the right direction for all of us to go. I can't tell you how excited I am to see what comes next.
"Dexter and I are both cut from the same cloth," Millican continued. "He loves the sport, and has raced with sponsors, and also raced when he had to foot the bill himself. As my momma always says, you got to have the 'want to' to be successful, and Dexter certainly has the 'want to' when it comes to drag racing.
That 'want to' spirit can easily been seen by Tuttle's willingness to invest in his team even before he started talking to Millican or Parts Plus.
"I started buying new stuff last year," Tuttle said. "In fact a big reason we raced Dallas with Larry (Dixon) was to start working with our new equipment and get a head start on 2014.
"Our biggest goal has been to put the car on a diet," Tuttle continued. "We shaved 9 pounds off the rear-end, and we are dropping another 30 pounds with our new body. It also doesn't hurt that Clay is the lightest driver in the pits. We have state-of-the-art superchargers and cylinder heads from DSR, and both our Hadman chassis have been updated for 2014.
"The bottom line is I want be competitive whether I'm racing one race or the whole year," Tuttle said. "It was going to take buying the latest and greatest in order to do that."
With all the parts and pieces at the shop, now it is just a matter of time to get everything ready for pre-season testing before Pomona. The team is still adding crew members and will be working non-stop to be ready for the start of the 2014 season. For Tuttle and Millican, they hope it is a good one.
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