Millican Falls Short in Quest for 6th Win of the Season at IHRA ACDelco Canadian Nationals Cayuga, Ontario - August 1, 2004 Three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing fell short of winning his sixth race of the...
Millican Falls Short in Quest for 6th Win of the Season at IHRA ACDelco Canadian Nationals
Cayuga, Ontario - August 1, 2004 Three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing fell short of winning his sixth race of the season at the IHRA ACDelco Canadian Nationals at Toronto Motorsports Park with a first round loss to Todd Paton.
"Today was very disappointing for our whole team," said Millican. "We made some great qualifying passes on Friday and Saturday, so to lose in the first round today was definitely not something we expected."
[Clay_new_uniform.jpg] During the first qualifying round on Friday night, Millican set the Toronto Motorsports Park track records in elapsed time and speed, with a 4.633 at 308.85 mph. Millican broke his own track records of 4.70 seconds at 306.19 mph, set at the 2002 ACDelco Canadian Nationals. Team Werner held on to the number one position through the final two qualifying rounds.
In the first round of Sunday's eliminations, Millican faced number eight qualifier Todd Paton. Millican began spinning the tires around the 500 feet mark, and was unable to make it to the finish line first. He finished with an e.t. of 6.830 seconds at 124.84 mph, while Paton made the quarter mile pass in 5.159 seconds at 255.10 mph.
[CrewandCarEdmonton.jpg] This marks Millican's second loss of the season, and his fifth loss since 2002, when he lost just one race all season. His first loss in 2004 came in his last race, the IHRA Motor City Nationals in Milan, Mich., where John "Doc" Sipple defeated Millican and Team Werner in the first round.
Earlier this season, Millican became the winningest professional driver in IHRA history when he earned his 33rd career Top Fuel victory at the IHRA ACDelco Nationals in Richmond, Va., surpassing Pro Stock and Pro Mod driver Rickie Smith, who has 32 career victories. Millican now has a total of 35 career victories.
Millican and Team Werner, who hold the number one position in the IHRA Top Fuel points standings, will race next at the IHRA Northern Nationals in Martin, Mich., on August 12-14. Millican won the event last season and became the winningest Top Fuel driver in IHRA history with his 26th career victory.