Rockingham, N.C. - Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing earned his third consecutive IHRA Top Fuel Championship and got his 29th and 30th career victories this weekend at his final two IHRA races of the season. The elimination rounds of...
Rockingham, N.C. - Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing earned his third consecutive IHRA Top Fuel Championship and got his 29th and 30th career victories this weekend at his final two IHRA races of the season.
The elimination rounds of the Spring Nationals, which was rained out in March, were contested on Friday and Saturday. Millican was the number one qualifier with an elapsed time of 4.697 at 295.79 mph. He defeated Tim Cullinan in the first round of eliminations on Friday, but the Top Fuel field was unable to complete the race that evening due to rain. On Saturday, Millican beat John Smith in the semi-final round, and faced Smith's wife, Rhonda Hartman-Smith, in the finals. Both drivers had clean passes, but Millican came out on top with an elapsed time of 4.653 to Hartman-Smith's 4.707. This marked Millican's 29th career Top Fuel victory.
Qualifications for the World Finals were also run on Saturday, and Millican continued his success by qualifying in the number one position with an elapsed time of 4.627 at 314.09. This was Millican's 10th time out of 12 races this season to hold the number one spot.
Millican faced Danny Dunn in the first round, and blasted down the drag strip to the fastest time ever recorded in IHRA history, a 4.566. This shattered his old IHRA record of 4.591. In the second round, Millican faced the only driver to beat him this year - Bruce Litton. Both drivers smoked the tires and pedaled their way down the track, with Millican advancing to his 12th final round of the season with an elapsed time of 5.339 to Litton's 5.697.
In the final round, Millican once again faced Hartman-Smith, who had lane choice due to her quicker time in the semi-finals. Both drivers got down the track with no problems, and Millican won the race in 4.594, which backed up his first round run of 4.566, to make that time a new IHRA national record.
"This weekend topped off the whole season, and the Werner car did everything we asked it to," said Millican. "You can't ask for anything more than what happened - getting two national events and a national record in one weekend was pretty awesome."
While Millican's IHRA season is over, he has two remaining races in the NHRA, and will travel to Las Vegas next weekend for the ACDelco Nationals. He will finish the season at the NHRA AAA Finals in Pomona, Calif., on November 6-9.
For more information on Clay Millican and Team Werner/Lehman Racing, please visit www.lehmanracing.com.