McLeansboro, IL (July 6, 2017) – In 1998, Clay Millican competed for the very first time in a Top Fuel dragster at Route 66 Raceway. He returns to the track this weekend in the Parts Plus/Great Clips/University of Northwestern Ohio dragster for the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N.
“Since I finally have an NHRA race win under my belt, there is no better place to grab my next win than the track where I made my debut in a Top Fuel dragster,” Millican said.
In 1998 Millican made his Top Fuel dragster debut in a car owned by Peter Lehman and sponsored by the Chicago White Sox. He had just secured his Top Fuel license the week of the race.
“It was really cool experience for me. We had the dragster on display out at a Chicago White Sox game and everything that week. I will never forget it,” Millican said.
That year, Route 66 Raceway was brand new and Millican was the first Top Fuel driver to go down the lanes. The first pass was a little rough for him, but he learned from it.
“I actually did a forward burnout, and a backwards burnout. I was so embarrassed I thought about going to Kroger and getting my job back,” joked Millican. “But it was also the track where I made my first four second run.”
Millican also made it to the final round of the Route 66 Nationals in 2013, but lost to Tony Schumacher.
20th Annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals Schedule (Central Time)
Friday, July 7
6:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
8:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2
Saturday, July 8
4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
6:45 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4
Sunday, July 9
12:00 p.m. Nitro Eliminations begin
Saturday, July 8 at 5:00 p.m. ET: LIVE coverage of Qualifying Session 3
Sunday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET: LIVE coverage of Eliminations