Top Fuel Points Leader Millican Set to Avenge '03 Loss at IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals Chicago - June 30, 2004 Three-time defending IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing will look to avenge his 2003 IHRA Rocky...
Top Fuel Points Leader Millican Set to Avenge '03 Loss at IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals
Chicago - June 30, 2004 Three-time defending IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing will look to avenge his 2003 IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals loss at this year's event, which takes place at the Budweiser Motorsports Park in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 2-4.
"Last year's race was very disappointing for our team," said Millican. "Edmonton had one of the most enthusiastic crowds I've ever raced in front of, so to lose with that many people watching was a huge letdown. I didn't know what to expect going into the race last year since it was our first time there, but now my expectations are pretty high because it was such a great event."
Millican enters this year's Rocky Mountain Nationals with a perfect record for the season with four wins and no losses. He has also been the number one qualifier at all four IHRA events thus far in 2004. He holds the Budweiser Motorsports Park track record for elapsed time with 4.666 seconds, as well as the track record for speed at 317.01 mph.
Last year's Rocky Mountain Nationals marked the first of Millican's two losses out of 12 races in 2003. Millican fell to Bruce Litton in both losses. Millican is the current Top Fuel points leader, while Litton is 138 points behind in second place. The two have met in two final rounds this season, the Texas Nationals in San Antonio, and the ACDelco Nationals in Richmond, Va.
Earlier this season, Millican became the winningest professional driver in IHRA history when he got his 33rd career Top Fuel victory in just his fifth season on the circuit at the ACDelco Nationals. He surpassed Rickie Smith, who had 32 combined wins in Pro Stock and Pro Mod.
In his last race, the IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ontario, Millican defeated Rick Cooper, Todd Paton, and Tim Cullinan en route to his fourth win of the season. He had the low E.T. and top speed of the weekend, with an E.T. of 4.658 in the first qualifying round, and a speed of 318.80 mph in the third qualifying round.
Millican is a former forklift driver from Drummonds, Tenn., and has loved drag racing his entire life. He got his first racecar at the age of 16, and still goes bracket racing at his hometown track when he has the chance. He is married and has two sons, with whom he enjoys skateboarding and BMX biking.