Millican Advances to Semi-Finals at NHRA Mid-South Nationals Elvis-themed dragster makes strong showing in Memphis Memphis - Aug 22, 2004 Clay Millican of Team 104+ Performance Additives/Lehman Racing advanced his team's special ...
Millican Advances to Semi-Finals at NHRA Mid-South Nationals
Elvis-themed dragster makes strong showing in Memphis
Memphis - Aug 22, 2004 Clay Millican of Team 104+ Performance Additives/Lehman Racing advanced his team's special Elvis-themed dragster to the semi-final round of Top Fuel eliminations at the NHRA Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park, the team's hometown track.
"This team has proven once again that it is one of the best in the country," said Millican. "This is our first weekend to race with all of the NHRA rule changes, and we overcame all of that to make it to the semi-finals. I wouldn't swap driver's seats with any other team out here."
Millican came into Sunday's eliminations as the number nine qualifier, and faced number eight qualifier Doug Herbert in the first round. Both drivers smoked the tires, but Millican won the race by a large margin, with an elapsed time of 5.032 at 271.73 mph, while Herbert finished with an E.T. of 9.033 at 85.45 mph.
In the second round, Millican went on to face number one qualifier David Grubnic. Millican went into the match-up with a career won/lost advantage of 3-1, and brought that up to 4-1 with a holeshot victory. Millican's reaction time of .062 was better than Grubnic's .103, allowing Millican to win the round despite finishing with an E.T. of 4.728 to Grubnic's 4.687.
Millican then faced Grubnic's teammate Scott Kalitta, the number four qualifier, in the semi-finals. While Millican has advanced to three final rounds in the 2004 season, this marked the first time of his career that he has advanced to a Top Fuel semi-final at the his hometown track. Both drivers got off to a quick start, with Millican leaving the line in a reaction time of .063 and Kalitta just behind him in .074. Kalitta edged Millican at the finish line, however, with an E.T. of 4.664 at 311.13 mph to Millican's 4.727 at 298.93 mph.
"I wish we could have gotten a win in our Elvis car right here in Memphis, the King's hometown, but I think our team made a strong showing this weekend and hopefully we can get our first NHRA win in a couple of weeks in Indy," said Millican.
The O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals marks Millican's seventh NHRA national event of the season. Millican is a three-time IHRA Top Fuel Champion and races in the NHRA on a part-time basis as he goes for a fourth consecutive IHRA title. His next NHRA race will be the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on September 1-6, where the team will once again race its Elvis Presley-themed dragster.