Millican Ties All-Time IHRA Wins Record at Spring Nationals Rockingham, N.C. - April 25, 2004 - Three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing claimed his 32nd career IHRA victory at the Spring Nationals...
Millican Ties All-Time IHRA Wins Record at Spring Nationals
Rockingham, N.C. - April 25, 2004 - Three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing claimed his 32nd career IHRA victory at the Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway, tying Rickie Smith as the all-time winningest IHRA driver in any professional class. Smith amassed his 32 wins in Pro Stock and Pro Modified. [2004_SA_Launch_Small.jpg]
"There are not words to describe how proud the people of Werner Enterprises - Greg Werner, C.L. Werner, and Gary Werner - are of this team and its accomplishments," said Dwayne Haug, Vice President of Werner Enterprises. "Clay Millican and Mike Kloeber are an awesome combination and are held in highest esteem at Werner. They are the epitome of Top Fuel racers and we are very, very happy to be here."
Millican, the number one qualifier, started his day with a victory over Bobby Lagana, Jr. in the first round of eliminations, where he made a clean pass in 4.616 seconds at a speed of 311.34 mph, to Lagana Jr.'s 12.220 elapsed time at 75.77 mph.
In the semi-finals, Millican was slated to face number five qualifier Chris Karamesines, who was a no-show at the line. Millican made the solo pass in 4.806 seconds at 256.45 mph. He lost lane choice in the finals to Danny Dunn, but came out with the win with an e.t. of 4.636 at 310.41 mph, while Dunn had a malfunction with his car and coasted to the finish line after his burnout, leaving Millican uncontested for his final pass.
"We did exactly what we came here to do, which is build on our lead for the Top Fuel Championship," said Millican. "I hate that that happened to Danny. I hope we continue winning, but I don't want to win with singles."
In addition to tying the IHRA's record for winningest driver in a professional class, Millican set new Rockingham Dragway track records on Friday in both elapsed time and speed. In his first qualifying round, he blasted down the drag strip in 4.550 seconds at 317.42 mph. This marks the second IHRA race this season in which Millican has set new track records in both categories. [Clay_new_uniform.jpg]
Millican, a former forklift driver from Drummonds, Tenn., became the winningest Top Fuel driver in IHRA history in 2003, when he broke legendary racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits' record of 25 wins with 26 at the IHRA Northern Nationals in Martin, Mich.
Millican's next race will be the NHRA O'Reilly's Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., on April 30-May 2. He will return to IHRA competition on May 28-30 at the IHRA ACDelco Nationals in Richmond, Va., where he and Team Werner/Lehman Racing will attempt to move ahead of Smith on the all-time wins list with their 33rd victory.