Millican Makes First Semi-Final Appearance of the Season at NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, Fla. - March 20, 2005 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the number eight Top Fuel qualifier, advanced to the semi-final round of eliminations...
Millican Makes First Semi-Final Appearance of the Season at NHRA Gatornationals
Gainesville, Fla. - March 20, 2005 Clay Millican of Team Werner/Lehman Racing, the number eight Top Fuel qualifier, advanced to the semi-final round of eliminations at the NHRA Gatornationals, defeating Scott Kalitta and David Grubnic along the way.
"This is the best we have ever done at this race track so I'm very proud of the Werner team," said Millican. "We won some great races today, and making it to the semi-finals is definitely not too shabby."
Millican qualified with an elapsed time of 4.572 at 315.90 mph, and faced number nine qualifier Scott Kalitta in the first round of eliminations. Millican went into the match-up with a 2-4 career won/loss record against Kalitta, but brought that to 3-4 with a 0.0264 margin-of-victory holeshot win. Millican got off the starting line first with a reaction time of 0.084 seconds to Kalitta's 0.194, and finished with an elapsed time of 4.651 at 313.58 mph.
In the quarterfinals, Millican went on to face Kalitta's teammate, David Grubnic, the number one qualifier. Millican once again beat his opponent at the light with a reaction time of 0.071 to Grubnic's 0.116, and made a clean pass to advance to his first semi-final round of the season with an elapsed time of 4.649 at 308.53 seconds to Grubnic's 4.698 at 295.66. This brought Millican's career round won/loss record against Grubnic to an impressive 6-2.
Millican faced number five qualifier Larry Dixon in the semi-finals and finished with his best E.T. and miles per hour mark of the day in 4.609 at 315.67, but Dixon reached the finish line first in 4.546 at 329.54 mph.
Werner Car "It is always tough to lose a race, but I am very proud of our team and its consistency this weekend," said Millican. "I'm looking forward to coming back strong at the Spring Nationals in Houston in a few weeks."
Millican, a four-time International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Top Fuel Champion with Team Werner/Lehman Racing, will compete next at the IHRA season-opener in San Antonio, Texas, on March 31-April 2, where he will begin his quest for a fifth consecutive Top Fuel Championship. He will return to NHRA competition at the O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston on April 8-10.