Millican and Team Werner Get Fifth Win of the Season at IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals Edmonton, Alberta - July 4, 2004 Three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing got his fifth consecutive win of the season at...
Millican and Team Werner Get Fifth Win of the Season at IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals
Edmonton, Alberta - July 4, 2004 Three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing got his fifth consecutive win of the season at the IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals, keeping his perfect season alive.
"It was so exciting to win today in front of all of these awesome drag racing fans," said Millican. "This is our team's first ever win at this track, so we were all very happy to avenge last year's loss and we can't wait for the next race."
[ClayVictoryGrandBend.jpg] Millican qualified in the number one position with an elapsed time of 4.718 seconds at 302.31 mph. Due to rain, the Top Fuel field only made two qualifying passes - one on Friday and one on Sunday before eliminations.
In the first round, Millican faced Bruce Litton, the winner of last year's Rocky Mountain Nationals. Millican, the 2003 runner-up, got off the line very quickly with a reaction time of 0.002 seconds, and beat Litton with an e.t. of 4.724 at 314.02 mph, to Litton's 5.432 at 213.57.
Millican made a solo pass in the semi-finals, as Chris Karamesines was a no-show. He made one of the quickest passes of his career with an e.t. of 4.575 at 314.79 mph, and went on to face number six qualifier Terry Capp in the finals. Capp redlighted, giving Millican the easy win. He made a clean pass, crossing the line with an e.t. of 4.609 at 316.01 mph.
This victory marked Millican's 35th career IHRA Top Fuel victory. At the IHRA ACDelco Nationals in May, Millican became the winningest professional driver in IHRA history when he got his 33rd career win, surpassing Pro Mod and Pro Stock driver Rickie Smith.
Millican, a former forklift driver from Drummonds, Tenn., became the winningest Top Fuel driver in IHRA history in 2003, when he broke legendary racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits' record of 25 wins with 26 at the IHRA Northern Nationals in Martin, Mich.
Millican's next race will be the IHRA Motor City Nationals in Milan, Mich., on July 16-18. He won the event last year and will look to continue his perfect 2004 season with a sixth consecutive win.