Millican Advances to Finals at IHRA President's Cup Nationals Will clinch fourth championship with an appearance at World Nationals in Norwalk Budds Creek, Md. - September 26, 2004 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing moved closer to ...
Millican Advances to Finals at IHRA President's Cup Nationals Will clinch fourth championship with an appearance at World Nationals in Norwalk
Budds Creek, Md. - September 26, 2004 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing moved closer to clinching his fourth consecutive IHRA Top Fuel Championship by pulling 255 points ahead of second place driver Bruce Litton in the points totals with a final round appearance at the IHRA President's Cup Nationals.
In order to clinch the championship, Millican must show up at the IHRA World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, on October 9 to claim the points he won in qualifications for the race on August 26-27 before rain postponed the event.
"I was disappointed with today's race," said Millican. "We came so close to clinching the championship, but I guess we will just have to wait a few weeks until Norwalk to get our fourth title with Team Werner."
With a fourth championship, Millican and Team Werner/Lehman Racing will once again rewrite the IHRA history books by becoming the first Top Fuel team in the league's history to win four consecutive titles.
Millican qualified in the number one position with an E.T. of 4.616 at 316.75 mph, setting the Maryland International Raceway track records in both categories. This marked Millican's eleventh straight race to qualify number one this season.
In the first round of eliminations, Millican faced number eight qualifier John Sipple. Both cars shook the tires, but Millican won the race easily with an E.T. of 5.301 at 268.87 mph to Sipple's 16.279 at 62.74 mph.
Millican went on to face Tim Cullinan in the semi- finals, and got off to a quick start with a reaction time of 0.026. Millican led the entire race and won with an E.T. of 4.732 at 302.08 mph, giving him lane choice against Foley in the finals. Millican got off the line first with a reaction time of 0.038 to Foley's 0.085, but by the time the two reached the finish line, Foley had pulled ahead by a thin margin, and won with an E.T. of 4.720 to Millican's 4.782. Foley is the only driver to beat Millican in a final round this season.
Millican has six IHRA victories this season and 36 in his career. He is the all-time winningest IHRA driver in any professional category, and will look to add two more wins in his final races of the season, the World Nationals in Norwalk and the World Finals in Rockingham, N.C. on October 22-24.