Chicago - Top Fuel driver Clay Millican of Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing will compete in his 11th NHRA race of the season at the ACDelco Nationals on October 24-26 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This marks the second time in...
Chicago - Top Fuel driver Clay Millican of Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing will compete in his 11th NHRA race of the season at the ACDelco Nationals on October 24-26 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This marks the second time in his career that Millican has raced in the ACDelco Nationals in Las Vegas. He competed in the inaugural race in 2001, where he was the number 12 qualifier. He advanced to the quarterfinals, and was defeated by eventual winner Darrell Russell.
Millican had a difficult week emotionally leading up to his last race, the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas. Two days before the race, his mother, Martha Millican, was shot in the head at the family's country store in his hometown of Drummonds, Tenn. His mother, who is now out of the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, urged him to compete in the Fall Nationals. He qualified in fifth place, and lost in the first round of eliminations to Jim Head. This was only the second time of the season that Millican lost in the first round.
"We started out so strong in Dallas, but unfortunately, didn't win when it counted," said Millican. "Hopefully we can stay consistent throughout the entire race this time. This team wants our first NHRA win so badly, and Vegas would sure be a fun place to get it!"
Prior to the race in Dallas, Millican competed in the NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa. There, he defeated Cory McClenathan and Scott Kalitta en route to his third semi-final appearance of the season, where he lost to Tony Schumacher, who went on to win the event. In the quarterfinals against Kalitta, Millican clocked the fourth quickest elapsed time of his career, 4.542 seconds.
Millican is currently in 15th place in the NHRA Top Fuel points standings, an impressive feat considering that he has raced in only 10 of the 21 NHRA races that have taken place this year. 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. Millican is viewed as an up-and-coming star in the league.