Norwalk, Ohio - August 25, 2003 - Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the 2001 and 2002 IHRA Top Fuel Champion, and IHRA's all-time winningest Top Fuel driver, advanced to the final round of Sunday's Top Fuel eliminations at the IHRA...
Norwalk, Ohio - August 25, 2003 - Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the 2001 and 2002 IHRA Top Fuel Champion, and IHRA's all-time winningest Top Fuel driver, advanced to the final round of Sunday's Top Fuel eliminations at the IHRA Sunoco World Nationals, where he fell short of winning his seventh race of the season and 27th of his career, as he was defeated by Bruce Litton.
Millican qualified in second position for Sunday's eliminations with an elapsed time of 4.736 and a speed of 280.95 mph, which he achieved in the first round of qualifications on Friday night. The Top Fuel field featured an IHRA record of 17 drivers, 16 of whom qualified for eliminations. Litton was the number one qualifier with an elapsed time of 4.721 and a speed of 308.92 mph.
In the first round of eliminations, Millican faced number 15 qualifier Louie Allison. Millican got off to a better start with a reaction time of .087 to Allison's .107, and made the best run of the weekend with an elapsed time of 4.644 at 319.37 mph. Allison lost traction just past 330 feet and finished in 6.518 seconds.
The second round featured Millican against Bobby Lagana, Jr. The two drivers were very close throughout the race, but Millican got the win light, clocking a 4.774 at 309.49 mph, while Lagana, Jr. finished just one-tenth of a second behind in 4.878 at 303.50 mph.
The third round proved to be easier than the first two for Millican, as his opponent, Mitch King, failed to show up at the line. Millican cruised down the track in 4.676 at 318.39 mph, and gained lane choice over Litton in the final round.
Millican got off to a quick start in the finals and led the race early-on, then began hazing the tires, dropping cylinders, and finally oiling down the track at the top end. By the half-track mark Litton had taken over the lead, and cruised to victory in 4.938 seconds to Millican's 5.512. The two drivers have met in 14 IHRA finals over the past two years, with Millican coming out victorious in 11 of those finals. [fan_favorite_small.jpg]
On Saturday, Millican was presented with the PPG "Fan Favorite" Award from IHRA officials. A voting booth was set up on Friday and Saturday, where fans were able to vote for their favorite race car driver in any class.
Despite his loss this weekend, Millican remains in first place on the IHRA Top Fuel points list with 986 points, which is 204 ahead of Litton, his nearest competitor.
The next IHRA event in which Millican and Team Werner/Lehman Racing will be racing is the Amalie Oil North American Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, N.H., on September 5-7.