Dallas: Friday qualifying summary

Millican, Scelzi and Anderson lead qualifying at Texas Motorplex ENNIS, Texas - Facing a family tragedy Clay Millican decided to come to Texas after all and the decision could pay off as he qualified at the head of the Top Fuel category Friday...

Millican, Scelzi and Anderson lead qualifying at Texas Motorplex

ENNIS, Texas - Facing a family tragedy Clay Millican decided to come to Texas after all and the decision could pay off as he qualified at the head of the Top Fuel category Friday at the 18th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Gary Scelzi and Greg Anderson also led the way after the second of four qualifying sessions in their respective categories at the $1.9 million race, the 20th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Millican's mother is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head suffered during a robbery at the family-owned grocery store. She was released from the hospital on Friday. At his mother's urging, Millican made a last minute decision to come to the event. He drove his 104+ Octane dragster to a 4.588-second run at 314.57 mph.

"After I ran the 4.58 I was able to call my mom and she listened to the last two pairs of cars run down the track to see if the number was going to hold up," Millican said. "I was able to give her the No. 1 qualifier so far. When I went to see her at the hospital after she was shot, the first thing she asked was whether I had packed for the trip."

If Millican can hang on to the No. 1 position, it will be his first NHRA top qualifier.

Scelzi led the Funny Car field with a 4.828 at 323.97 in his Oakley Dodge Stratus. If he stays in the top spot, it will be the third No. 1 qualifier of the season.

"We're happy because we're not going to run that number in the heat of the day (on Saturday)," Scelzi said. "And we're not going to get bumped either."

Anderson - who is poised to clinch the Pro Stock championship on Sunday - went 6.840 at 202.88 in his Vegas General Construction Grand Am to lead the Pro Stock class. Anderson has earned 11 No. 1 qualifying positions this season to lead the category.

Qualifying continues at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday before final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Gary Scelzi , Greg Anderson