Clay Millican Cayuga summary, tied record with victory

Millican ties Garlits' IHRA Top Fuel record with 25th career win Cayuga, Ontario -- Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing picked up his 25th career Top Fuel victory and 5th win of the season at the IHRA ACDelco Canadian Nationals, tying ...

Millican ties Garlits' IHRA Top Fuel record with 25th career win

Cayuga, Ontario -- Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing picked up his 25th career Top Fuel victory and 5th win of the season at the IHRA ACDelco Canadian Nationals, tying legendary racer Don Garlits for first place on the IHRA Top Fuel career wins list. Garlits has held this record since 1979.

"For a guy that should still be driving a forklift to tie this record, this is just wild!" said Millican. "In my wildest dreams I never thought that we could do this in such a short amount of time. This weekend was filled with some really good racing despite the weather."

Millican, the 2001 and 2002 IHRA Top Fuel champion, is only in his fourth season of Top Fuel racing. He drove a forklift for his local Kroger warehouse before teaming up with Lehman Racing owner Peter Lehman. He qualified in first position this weekend heading in Sunday's finals, with an elapsed time of 4.805 and a speed of 278.86 mph. This marked the fifth race this season in which Millican was the number one qualifier.

Heavy rains plagued the Toronto Motorsports Park on Sunday morning, postponing Top Fuel eliminations until 3:20 p.m. Millican faced Grant Flowers in the first round of eliminations, winning with a time of 4.799 at 304.74 mph to Flowers' 6.407 at 143.92 mph.

The second round featured Millican against Roger Dean. Despite having the slower reaction time, Millican pulled ahead and set a new Toronto Motorsports Park Top Fuel speed record with 306.40 mph and an elapsed time of 4.736.

Millican met Bruce Litton, a familiar foe, in the final round. Millican defeated Litton with an elapsed time of 4.707, and re-set his Toronto Motorsports Park speed record with 311.70 mph. Litton had the better reaction time and held the lead until the 60-foot mark, finishing with an elapsed time of 4.836 at 298.14 mph. The two met in nine final rounds in 2002, with Millican winning each contest. Litton handed Millican his only loss of 2003 earlier this season at the IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta.

Millican and Team Werner/Lehman Racing will race next at the IHRA Northern Nationals in Martin, Mich. on August 8-10. Millican will attempt to get his 26th career victory, which would move him ahead of Garlits on the IHRA Top Fuel career wins list. Should he win in Martin, Millican's crew plans to shave his head in celebration.

"I hope that I can leave Martin with a bald head!" said Millican.

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Series Drag
Drivers Clay Millican , Bruce Litton , Don Garlits