Clay Millican Continues Record Breaking Season
Go, Speed Racer!
Parts Plus Top Fuel Driver Clay
Millican Continues Record-Breaking 2018 Season, Sets New Track Speed Standard
En Route to Earning Sixth No. 1 Qualifier Spot at Norwalk
braved the intermittent showers on Saturday that continued to shorten
qualifying sessions over the weekend during the NHRA Nationals at Summit
Motorsports Park were rewarded with seeing track history made.
In what has been a record-breaking 2018 campaign in the NHRA Mello Series for
the Parts Plus/Great Clips team, driver Clay Millican shattered Norwalk’s
Top Fuel track-speed record Saturday afternoon during the lone round of
qualifying due to rain.
Leah would advance to the semis where she would be upset by No. 12 qualifier
Blake Alexander, who would go on to stun the racing world with a win over Terry
McMillen, who had qualified 15th, in the finals to win his first Top Fuel
Wally. Alexander is the 105th driver to win a Top Fuel Wally.
to thank all the Parts Plus members and manufacturer partners for their
incredible support this season. I truly believe the best is yet to come for
this Parts Plus team.”
Lined up against Steve Torrence on
Saturday, the Parts Plus/Great Clips dragster launched hard off the line with
flames shooting overheard and lighting up the dreary day. Millican kept the
Parts Plus car hooked up all eight cylinders, blazing down the track at firstname.lastname@example.org mph. That number rocketed the Tennessee native team to
the No. 1 qualifier spot and set the track speed record in the process. Millican's incremental times in his
record-breaking run: 60 ft—0.846 sec.; 330 ft—2.137; and 660 ft—email@example.com
The night before, in another rain-shortened session,
Millican had cracked the top five in the Norwalk field with an impressive firstname.lastname@example.org mph. This allowed Stringer Performance
crew chief David Grubnic to tinker with the setup in his never-ending quest to
find more speed—judging from Millican’s Saturday run, it appears as if he found
“As always, our team goal each and every week is to
qualify in the top five,” Millican stated. “Once we did that, that allowed
Grubby to get after it on that last run. We really weren’t expecting a lot
different than that. When the car does what we want it to do, it makes everyone
on the team very confident about our process.
Millican received a conquering hero’s reception at the
Parts Plus hospitality tent Saturday, where representatives from the Network’s
manufacturer partners and Michigan-based Parts Plus WD ACI gathered along with
their customers and their families. Moments before his record-breaking run,
Millican had addressed the crowd and talked a little racing, a process the
Parts Plus driver has described as being therapeutic before a big run.
As the No. 1 qualifier for an amazing sixth time out
of 12 events, Millican hoped the next immediate step would be his fourth career
event title and the third of the season, as the Parts Plus Top Fuel driver
would head into Sunday lined up against No. 16 qualifier Dom Lagana.
In the bigger picture, Millican entered the 2018 Mello
Yello Series with 10 No. 1 qualifiers in his entire Top Fuel career, a number
he may just surpass this year alone if the Parts Plus/Great Clips team can keep
As a FOX racing analyst
pointed out on Sunday, the No. 1 qualifier has never lost in the opening round
at Norwalk. With crowds of supporters from two more Parts Plus WDs, Smyth
Automotive Warehouse and Car Parts Warehouse cheering on their driver, Millican
kept the streak alive. The Parts Plus Top Fuel dragster again delivered big
high-end speed again to turn on the win light despite a solid run by Lagana in
a losing effort. Officially, Millican’s email@example.com mph was good enough to top Lagana’s firstname.lastname@example.org mph, his
best time of the weekend.
In what is developing
into a rivalry, the NHRA Racing Gods once again pitted Millican against Leah
Pritchett in Sunday’s second round of eliminations Sunday. Although the Parts Plus
driver has outrun Pritchett in two final rounds to take home Wally trophies,
Leah has eliminated Clay twice since her finals loss to the Parts Plus team in
In this most-anticipated
rematch of two of the hottest drivers in Top Fuel, Pritchett seized the
starting-lined advantage Sunday, and Millican was unable to chase her down in
his Parts Plus dragster, despite another strong run. In the end, Pritchett’s email@example.com mph—her quickest pass of the
weekend—was enough to edge Millican’s firstname.lastname@example.org by 0.0337 seconds.
“Lining up against Leah
and her team, we knew it was going to be a battle, and it was,” Millican says.
“We didn’t quite get all we wanted out of it, but we made a solid if not spectacular
run, which at least says something about our improvements as far as being more
consistent. We still have plenty of work to do, but I know this team is going
to continue putting me in position to do some great things as we get closer and
closer to the Countdown—and then look out because that’s what we’re shooting