Millican Becomes Winningest Professional Driver in IHRA History at ACDelco Nationals Richmond, Va. - May 30, 2004 Three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing made history at the IHRA ACDelco Nationals by claiming...
Millican Becomes Winningest Professional Driver in IHRA History at ACDelco Nationals
Richmond, Va. - May 30, 2004 Three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing made history at the IHRA ACDelco Nationals by claiming his 33rd IHRA Top Fuel victory in just his fifth season on the circuit, becoming the winningest professional driver in IHRA history.
"It was a very nerve-wracking weekend because we had such a hard time in the heat on Saturday during qualifying," said Millican. "This Werner team is unbelievable though, and I am just glad to get our 33rd win. Now we have to shift our focus and concentrate on the next race in Canada."
[Clay_IHRAtrophy.jpg] Millican qualified in the number one position, setting the Virginia Motorsports Park elapsed time track record with 4.627 at 312.86 mph, and faced number eight qualifier Grant Flowers in the first round of eliminations. Millican made a clean pass until about 1000 feet into the run, where he began dropping cylinders. He made it to the finish line first with an E.T. of 4.590 at 316.52 mph, re-setting his track record from qualifications. Flowers crossed the finish line in 13.907 at 76.88 mph.
In the second round, Millican met Josh Starcher, who got off the line first with a reaction time of 0.073 seconds to Millican's 0.088. Millican pulled ahead for the win, however, with an E.T. of 4.633 at 314.02 mph. Starcher finished in 4.838 at 297.55 mph.
[Werner_car1.jpg] Millican faced a familiar foe, Bruce Litton, in the finals. In 2003, five of Millican's ten final round victories were over Litton, who was the only driver to beat Millican in IHRA competition last season. The two left the line in almost identical reaction times, and the race was very close until 300 feet, when Litton blew a head gasket and lost his blower belt. Millican cruised to the finish line in 4.647 seconds, while Litton finished in 6.029.
In his last IHRA race, the Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C. in April, Millican tied Pro Stock and Pro Mod driver Rickie Smith on the all-time wins list with 32. Last season Millican became the winningest Top Fuel driver in IHRA history when he surpassed legendary racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits on the Top Fuel wins list with his 26th win at the Northern Nationals in Martin, Mich. He finished the season with 30 career wins.
Millican is currently undefeated in IHRA competition this season, and holds the number one spot in the Top Fuel points standings. His next race will be the IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ontario, on June 11-13.