HOUSTON: After another two-week early season break, Clay Millican and the Parts Plus Top Fuel team were itching to put their mechanical issues behind them this weekend at Houston’s Royal Purple Raceway.

Instead, the dreaded racing gremlins followed the team to town on Friday for the first two rounds of qualifying at the 27th annual NHRA Spring Nationals.

Lining up in the left lane in Friday’s Q1, the Parts Plus dragster launched hard but lost traction near the midpoint after breaking another belt, forcing Millican to click it off and settle for a 4.057 @ 250.55 mph.

Still, Millican remained optimistic.

In Q2, the chute deployed on the Parts Plus dragster following a violent tire shake right off the starting line, leaving Millican to coast to the finish.

 

Despite the ongoing issues with the car, Millican ended the day qualified 12th. The Parts Plus team will look to regroup and move up the qualifying ladder when qualifying resumes Saturday.

Order after 2 rounds of Top Fuel qualifying at the 27th annual  NHRA Spring Nationals as part of the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Series:

Psn  Driver                       Vehicle                             ET   Speed

1. Richie Crampton        GEICO/Lucas Oil  3.807  322.11

2. Spencer Massey        Battery Extender  3.809  320.13 3. Doug Kalitta            Mac Tools    3.819  324.51

4. Larry Dixon              Casehole Solutions  3.828  319.14

5. Leah Pritchett         Gumout/Dote   3.830  317.72

6. J.R. Todd                JJ Firearms  3.834  315.42

7. Tony Schumacher       U.S. Army   3.839  324.12

8. Khalid alBalooshi      Al-Anabi Racing   3.841  319.22

9. Brittany Force         Castrol Edge   3.846  321.27

10. Antron Brown          Matco Tools   3.869  316.75

11. Bob Vandergriff       C&J Energy   3.878  313.29

12. Clay Millican          Parts Plus    4.057  250.55

——— Not Qualified ———

13. Shawn Langdon         Al-Anabi Racing   4.489  172.70

14. Troy Buff              BME     4.861  150.53

15. Steve Torrence        Capco Contactors  5.186  132.52

16. Terry McMillen        Amalie Motor Oil   5.504  121.74