Millican Wins 3rd Race of Season at IHRA ACDelco Nationals Sets New Virginia Motorsports Park Track Records Petersburg, Va. - May 28, 2005 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the four-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion, defended his IHRA ...
Millican Wins 3rd Race of Season at IHRA ACDelco Nationals Sets New Virginia Motorsports Park Track Records
Petersburg, Va. - May 28, 2005 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the four-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion, defended his IHRA ACDelco Nationals title, winning the event for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, Millican notched his third victory of the season in as many events, and his 40th career win in less than five and a half full seasons in the league.
"This was a great weekend, and to get win number 40 on the seven-year anniversary of our first Top Fuel run in a national event is really special," said Millican. "I am so proud of this Peter Lehman Racing team and the success we have had over the years."
Millican qualified in the number one position, setting a new Virginia Motorsports Park elapsed time track record with a pass in 4.579 seconds at 312.50 mph. Millican also held the previous track record of 4.590 seconds.
In the first round of eliminations, Millican faced number eight qualifier C.J. Nelson. Millican won the round easily, as Nelson could not get his car off the starting line. Millican and Team Werner/Lehman Racing made the pass with an E.T. of 4.681 at 300.33 mph.
Millican went on to face number four qualifier Bruce Litton in the semi-finals. Both drivers got off the line quickly, and the race was close until Millican pulled away at the finish, advancing to his fourth consecutive IHRA final round of the season with an E.T. of 4.644 at 320.58 mph, setting a new track record for speed. Millican held the previous track record of 316.52 mph. Litton finished the pass with an E.T. of 4.845 at 289.45 mph.
The final round pitted Millican against number three qualifier Doug Foley. Millican got off the line first with a reaction time of 0.066 seconds to Foley's 0.113, and the two were close until about half-track, when Millican pulled away with the win, re-setting his E.T. track record with his best run of the weekend, 4.568 at 320.36 mph. Foley finished with an E.T. of 5.821 at 152.73 mph.
With their victory at the ACDelco Nationals, Millican and Team Werner/Lehman Racing widened their lead in the 2005 IHRA Top Fuel points standings. The team's next race is the IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada, on June 10- 12.