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Millican/Team Werner Aiming for 6th IHRA Win of the Season at Site of Last Year's Record-Setting Performance Chicago - Three-time defending IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing will return to the IHRA Northern ...

Millican/Team Werner Aiming for 6th IHRA Win of the Season at Site of Last Year's Record-Setting Performance

Chicago - Three-time defending IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing will return to the IHRA Northern Nationals in Martin, Mich. this weekend with hopes of winning his sixth IHRA race of the season at the same site where he surpassed "Big Daddy" Don Garlits on the IHRA all-time winningest Top Fuel driver list in 2003 with his 26th career victory.

"It is time for us to get back in 'win mode'," said Millican, who has gone winless in his past two IHRA races. "Our team is very fond of this track after winning here and breaking the record last year, so I think we will come out and make a strong showing."

Last year after Millican surpassed Garlits, his crew members shaved his head in celebration and IHRA President Bill Bader presented him with a green light bulb from the starting line Christmas Tree. Millican has since gone on to win nine more races in his career for a total of 35, making him the winningest driver in any professional class in IHRA history.

In his last race, the IHRA ACDelco Canadian Nationals in Cayuga, Ontario, Millican lost just his second race of the season, falling to Todd Paton in the first round. His first loss of the season came at the IHRA Motor City Nationals in Milan, Mich., where he lost to John "Doc" Sipple.

Despite losing two races, Millican still enjoys a comfortable lead in the Top Fuel points standings, as he sits 190 points in front of his nearest competitor, Bruce Litton. Millican built this lead by winning his first five IHRA races of the season and qualifying in the number one position in all seven races that have taken place thus far in 2004.

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.

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Series Drag
Drivers Clay Millican , Bruce Litton , Todd Paton , Don Garlits