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Millican Returns to Site of First-Ever NHRA Final Round Appearance at O'Reilly Spring Nationals Chicago - April 5, 2005 Clay Millican of Team 104+ Performance Additives/Lehman Racing will return to the site of his first-ever NHRA Top Fuel final...

Millican Returns to Site of First-Ever NHRA Final Round Appearance at O'Reilly Spring Nationals

Chicago - April 5, 2005 Clay Millican of Team 104+ Performance Additives/Lehman Racing will return to the site of his first-ever NHRA Top Fuel final round appearance at the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas, on April 8-10.

"I am so happy to be racing in Houston again this year," said Millican. "We have had a great deal of success here in the past with Team 104+ Performance Additives and we're hoping to build on that this weekend."

In 2003, Millican debuted the team's 104+ Performance Additives dragster in Houston, where he achieved his career-best elapsed time and speed with a pass of 4.505 seconds at 330.23 mph during qualifying. In last year's race, Millican qualified in the number seven position and defeated Mark Kinsella, Doug Kalitta, and Larry Dixon en route to his first- ever NHRA Top Fuel final round, where he finished as the event runner-up to Brandon Bernstein.

104 car Pomona The 2004 NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals marked Millican's first of three consecutive final round appearances in NHRA competition, helping him tie his career-best NHRA POWERade points standings finish of 14th, an impressive feat after racing in just 10 of the 23 national events that took place during the year.

Millican has raced in two NHRA events thus far in 2005, the season-opener in Pomona, as well as the recent Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., where he advanced to the semi-final round after defeating Doug Kalitta and David Grubnic in the first round and quarterfinals, respectively. He plans to race in at least four more NHRA races throughout the season, and currently holds the number 10 position in the POWERade Top Fuel points standings after racing in two of the three national events that have taken place.

In addition to his limited NHRA schedule, Millican is the four-time International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Top Fuel Champion and winningest professional driver in IHRA history with 38 Top Fuel career victories to his name. He recently won the 2005 IHRA season-opener, the Texas Nationals, in San Antonio on April 2.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Larry Dixon , Doug Kalitta , David Grubnic