Epping, N.H. - September 7, 2003 - Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing won his seventh IHRA Top Fuel final of the season and the 27th of his career at the IHRA North American Nationals at the New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. This marks...
Epping, N.H. - September 7, 2003 - Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing won his seventh IHRA Top Fuel final of the season and the 27th of his career at the IHRA North American Nationals at the New England Dragway in Epping, N.H. This marks the third straight year that he won the event.
Millican, the 2001 and 2002 IHRA Top Fuel Champion, and the winningest Top Fuel driver in IHRA history, was the number one qualifier going into Sunday's eliminations with an elapsed time of 4.604 and a speed of 318.58 mph. He broke his own New England Dragway track record with this time. His previous mark was 4.614 seconds, set in 2001.
In the first round of eliminations, he defeated Roger Dean with a time of 4.689 at 317.79 mph, compared to Dean's 5.208 at 263.62 mph. Millican went on to face Todd Paton in the second round. Millican won the race easily with a 4.676 at 317.68 mph, while Paton had engine trouble and finished the run in 5.786 seconds at 173.57 mph.
The final round featured Millican against Bruce Litton. The two had met in four previous final rounds in 2003, with both drivers winning two of those contests. Millican had a better reaction time, and Litton began smoking the tires at the half-track mark. Millican won with an elapsed time of 4.752 to Litton's 5.073. With this win, Millican increased his lead in the Top Fuel points standings over Litton to 226 points.
"Today was Mike Kloeber and the crew guys' day," said Millican. "I didn't have to pedal or let off or try to recover because the guys were just awesome. Every round this Werner Enterprises car was so good I never had to worry."
Millican's next race is the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in Reading, Pa. on September 12-14. His next IHRA race is the President's Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md., on September 26-28.