Millican Finishes IHRA Season with 7th Straight Win at Rockingham
Rockingham, N.C. - October 24, 2004 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 IHRA Top Fuel Champion, won his seventh straight race at Rockingham Dragway at the IHRA World Finals, becoming the first driver to win seven consecutive races at the same race track.
"It feels great to finish the season with a win," said Millican. "I am so proud of this Werner team and all that we have accomplished this year."
[ClayHelmetNorwalk.jpg] Millican qualified in the number five position with an elapsed time of 4.668 at 303.84 mph. In the first round of eliminations he faced number four qualifier Bruce Litton. Millican got off the line first and cruised to the victory with an E.T. of 4.735 to Litton's 14.667.
In the second round, Millican faced number one qualifier Andrew Cowin, who smoked the tires around the 200 foot mark, giving Millican the win with an E.T. of 4.710 at 308.21 mph. Millican then went on to face Danny Dunn in the finals. The two also met in the finals at the IHRA Spring Nationals in Rockingham earlier this season. Millican got his seventh win of the season and his seventh consecutive win at Rockingham with an E.T. of 4.672 at 307.79 mph to Dunn's 7.107 at 117.10 mph.
Millican and Team Werner clinched an unprecedented fourth consecutive IHRA Top Fuel Championship at their last race, the IHRA World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, and finished the 2004 season with seven victories, bringing their career total to 37. Millican is the winningest professional driver in IHRA history, a feat he accomplished with his 33rd victory earlier this season.
Millican will finish his 2004 racing season at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California Finals in Pomona, Calif., on November 11-14.