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.
Q1 Houston 4.05 @ 250 knocked the teeth off the belt Good Starting Point
— Clay Millican (@ClayMillican) April 25, 2014
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.
Q2 we literally shook the chutes out of it. We did have a good 60′ tho
— Clay Millican (@ClayMillican) April 26, 2014
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