Millican/Team 104+ Performance Additives Advance to Quarterfinals at NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals Pomona, Calif. - February 13, 2005 Clay Millican of Team 104+ Performance Additives/Lehman Racing began his 2005 NHRA Top Fuel season...
Millican/Team 104+ Performance Additives Advance to Quarterfinals at NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals
Pomona, Calif. - February 13, 2005 Clay Millican of Team 104+ Performance Additives/Lehman Racing began his 2005 NHRA Top Fuel season with a quarterfinal appearance at the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.
Millican, the number 10 qualifier, began his day with a holeshot win over number seven qualifier Doug Kalitta. Millican got off the line with a reaction time of .029 seconds to Kalitta's .102, allowing him to reach the finish line first. Millican made the quarter mile pass in 4.532 seconds at 326.16 mph, while Kalitta had an E.T. of 4.474 at 328.86 mph. This brought Millican's career round win record against Kalitta to 4-2.
"I just got lucky on that run," said Millican. "My head was saying 'go' and luckily I was able to get the holeshot win. I have to give a lot of credit to this 104+ Performance Additives team. They have been great all weekend long and I couldn't ask for a better crew."
[104carsmall2005.jpg] In the quarterfinal round, Millican faced Kalitta's teammate, number two qualifier David Grubnic. Millican entered the match-up with a career round win record of 5-1 against Grubnic, but Grubnic had lane choice. Millican left the line first with a reaction time of .089 to Grubnic's .129, but Grubnic pulled ahead to reach the finish line first. Millican finished with an E.T. of 4.593 at 317.72 mph to Grubnic's 4.491 at 324.83 mph.
Millican, the 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 IHRA Top Fuel Champion, finished the weekend with his third quickest E.T. and second fastest miles per hour mark, 4.519 seconds and 329.91 mph, which he achieved during Saturday's qualification rounds.
The next scheduled NHRA race for Millican and Team 104+ Performance Additives is the O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas, on April 8-10. Millican is scheduled to race in at least five NHRA national events this season, and it is likely that more events will be added as the season progresses. In addition to his NHRA schedule, Millican will also race for a fifth consecutive Top Fuel title on the IHRA circuit with Team Werner.