Memphis: IHRA's Millican to race hometown track

Chicago - Clay Millican of Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing, a native of Drummonds, Tenn., will race in the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in Memphis on September 19-21 at the Memphis Motorsports Park. This marks the second time that ...

Chicago - Clay Millican of Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing, a native of Drummonds, Tenn., will race in the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in Memphis on September 19-21 at the Memphis Motorsports Park. This marks the second time that Millican, a Top Fuel driver, has competed in an NHRA event at the track.

"Oh man, I'm so excited to be racing in Memphis," said Millican. "It is going to be so awesome to have my family, friends, and fans cheering me on at my hometown track. Hopefully I will give them a good show and get the car down the track fast. If we win this race, it is going to be the biggest party that the town of Drummonds has ever seen!"

Millican has a rich history with the Memphis Motorsports Park. He was there to witness the ground-breaking when the facility was being built, and raced a 1972 Plymouth Duster in a Test-n-Tune event on the day that the track was opened in 1986. Accompanying Millican on that day was his oldest racing buddy, Keelin Hooten, who is now a crew member for Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing. Millican still goes out to the track for Test-n-Tune nights when he is not on the road for a race.

"To be able to go to my hometown racetrack and race against the best of the NHRA is pretty cool. I have been to this race every year to watch those guys, and to actually compete against them here is something I never thought would happen," said Millican.

In his last NHRA race, the K&N Filters Supernationals in Englishtown, N.J., Millican was the number two qualifier and advanced to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Top Fuel points leader Larry Dixon.

Millican is currently in 15th place in the NHRA Top Fuel points standings, an impressive feat considering that he has raced in only seven of the 17 NHRA races that have taken place this year. He is scheduled to race in 12 of the 23 NHRA events this season, and is viewed as an up-and-coming star in the league. He has qualified for eliminations in all of the NHRA races in which he has competed this year, and was the number two qualifier in three of those races. He hopes to build on this success in Memphis.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Larry Dixon