Millican becomes winningest Top Fuel driver in IHRA history Martin, Mich. - August 10, 2003 - Two-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing earned his 26th career IHRA Top Fuel victory at the Northern Nationals ...
Millican becomes winningest Top Fuel driver in IHRA history
Martin, Mich. - August 10, 2003 - Two-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing earned his 26th career IHRA Top Fuel victory at the Northern Nationals tonight, bestowing him the honor of all-time winningest Top Fuel driver in IHRA history.
Millican surpassed the 24-year-old record of 25 wins, amassed by "Big Daddy" Don Garlits between 1972 and 1979. Millican completed this feat in only three and a half seasons. He has won six of the seven IHRA races in which he has raced this season, and has a career final round winning percentage of 89.6%.
"Never in my life did I imagine that we could do this," said an emotional Millican. "This is something very special and a lot of people contributed to these 26 wins. Without Peter Lehman, Werner Enterprises, Crew Chief Mike Kloeber, and all of my crew guys, we never could have accomplished something so big. "
Millican began his quest for win number 26 in Martin by defeating Roger Dean in the first round with an elapsed time of 4.786 and a speed of 300.82 mph. In the second round he faced Bobby Lagana, Jr. and got the win easily, posting a 4.745 at 301.20 mph, while Lagana, Jr. had problems and coasted through the line in 12.351 seconds. [WernercarMilansmall.jpg]
The final round featured Millican against Tim Cullinan. This marked the first time that the two met in a final. The two were close at the start, but then Cullinan had problems and Millican pulled away for the victory with an elapsed time of 4.74 at a speed of 303.91 mph.
Following the race, IHRA President Bill Bader presented Millican with the green starting light from his final round to congratulate him on the record-breaking run. The Team Werner/Lehman Racing crew shaved the head of Millican, a Drummonds, Tenn. native, in celebration.
With this win, Millican increased his lead in the IHRA Top Fuel points standings, as he is going for his third straight Hooters IHRA Top Fuel Championship. His next race will be the Sunoco World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, on August 21-24.