Las Vegas II: Clay Millican finals summary

Millican defeats Dixon, advances to quarterfinals at NHRA ACDelco Nationals Las Vegas - October 26, 2003 - Clay Millican of Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing, the number 11 Top Fuel qualifier, advanced to the quarterfinals at the NHRA ACDelco...

Millican defeats Dixon, advances to quarterfinals at NHRA ACDelco Nationals

Las Vegas - October 26, 2003 - Clay Millican of Team 104+ Octane Boost/Lehman Racing, the number 11 Top Fuel qualifier, advanced to the quarterfinals at the NHRA ACDelco Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Millican faced Larry Dixon in the first round, which was a battle of Top Fuel Champions - Millican is the 2003 IHRA Top Fuel Champion, and Dixon recently clinched the 2003 NHRA Top Fuel Championship. Millican had a career record of 0-5 against Dixon going into the round, but was able to change all of that by handing Dixon his only first-round loss of the season. Millican clocked an elapsed time of 4.625 at 308.99 mph to Dixon's 5.027 at 206.80.

"That was pretty huge!" said Millican. "Today is our team owner Peter Lehman's birthday, and we gave him a great present by finally beating the Miller Lite car."

In the second round, Millican faced number three qualifier Scott Kalitta. Millican got off the line first with a reaction time of .031 to Kalitta's .089, but smoked the tires at half-track. Kalitta finished with an elapsed time of 4.591, while Millican made the pass in 5.418 at 108.26 mph. [smallcarindy.jpg]

"Racing the NHRA Top Fuel Champion in the first round was a lot of fun," said Millican. "Larry Dixon is a first- class racer and it's always fun racing against the best. We got to race another multiple-time champion in the second round. I wanted to win really badly, but unfortunately, today wasn't our day."

After racing ten weekends in a row, Millican has next weekend off, and will finish his season at the NHRA AAA Finals in Pomona, Calif., on November 6-9.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Larry Dixon , Scott Kalitta