Dallas: Clay Millican preview

Chicago - Clay Millican of Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing will race his Top Fuel dragster at the Texas Motorplex for the second time in his career on October 9-12 at the NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals. "I love going to Dallas, because it is...

Chicago - Clay Millican of Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing will race his Top Fuel dragster at the Texas Motorplex for the second time in his career on October 9-12 at the NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals.

"I love going to Dallas, because it is the original all-concrete 'supertrack' of drag racing. I think it is one of the coolest places to race," said Millican. "If the weather conditions are good, we have the opportunity to go extremely fast."

The Texas Motorplex is the only NHRA member track that has an all-concrete quarter mile surface. Most tracks have a concrete surface for the first 400-600 feet, and the rest is asphalt.

Millican, a former forklift driver from Drummonds, Tenn., is looking for his first NHRA Top Fuel victory in Dallas. In his last race, the NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pa., he defeated Cory McClenathan and Scott Kalitta en route to his third semi-final appearance of the season, where lost to Tony Schumacher, who went on to win the event. In the quarterfinals against Kalitta, Millican clocked the fourth quickest elapsed time of his career, 4.542 seconds.

In last year's Fall Nationals, Millican qualified in ninth place and lost in the first round to Doug Kalitta. If his 2003 track record is any indication, he should fare better in this year's race. In his nine NHRA races this season, Millican has an average qualifying position of 6th, and has only lost in the first round one time.

Millican is currently in 15th place in the NHRA Top Fuel points standings, an impressive feat considering that he has raced in only nine of the 20 NHRA races that have taken place this year. He is scheduled to race in the remaining three NHRA events this season, and is viewed as an up-and-coming star in the league. He has qualified for eliminations in all of the NHRA races in which he has competed this year, and was the number two qualifier in three of those races.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan , Scott Kalitta