By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Parts Plus/Strutmasters Top Fuel Dragster team has announced a new crew chief for the 2019 season. David Grubnic, who was the crew chief, is reportedly up in the air.
Mike Kloeber has been announced as Clay Millican’s new crew chief. The two previously worked together in the IHRA.
When Kloeber and Millican were together in the IHRA, the duo won 50 IHRA Top Fuel wins. In addition, together they won six IHRA World Championships within a seven-year span.
“Getting a call from Doug Stringer with the opportunity to race with this team provides a path to conclude some unfinished business for us all — winning a NHRA Mello Yello Championship,” he said. “With the addition of partners Scott Gardner and J.J. Koehler to the team, along with Doug, who I also share a history with, my motivation couldn’t be any higher. Their expertise and additional resources position the program for exceptional growth and performance.”
The likelihood is that Grubnic will depart the team after the season. For some reason, the Stringer Performance team will not announce it now.
Millican was a title for the Top Fuel championship. However, that chase ended this past weekend, as Steve Torrence won the Championship.
With Grubnic, the Drummonds, Tennessee native won his first three career wins. Two of those wins have come during the 2018 season, including one runner-up finish.
He has not won since winning Chicago in June. In fact, he won back-to-back races, as he also won at Heartland Park Topeka.
Millican went 3.894 to beat Leah Pritchett, who went 4.501 to win in Joliet, Illinois. He then went 3.727 to defeat Terry McMillen, who went 6.169 to win in Topeka, Kansas.
In 23 races, he has a 34-21 round record. He was also the No. 1 qualifier 10 times.
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