READING, PA (September 20, 2017) – Clay Millican has experienced some dramatic moments at Maple Grove Raceway in past years, but this weekend he hopes to make some new and positive memories at the Dodge NHRA Nationals.
“I always look forward to going to Reading because it is typically super-fast there. I really have confidence in our car. We can go there and possibly set the national record,” Millican said. “This car is running so good whether it’s hot or cold. And a lot of times conditions do present themselves at Maple Grove and everybody will be going for it. I feel like we have the opportunity to go there and set a new record. I really do.”
One of the most infamous moments in NHRA racing happened at Maple Grove Raceway in 2002 involving Millican and then rival Doug Herbert. A staging war between the two lead to some angry words, shoving and pushing: all on live television.
“I can’t ever think about Reading without thinking about Doug Herbert; It’s part of drag racing history,” said Millican. “He became Dougzilla after that weekend. It’s something I always think about when I go there. Fans still talk about it when I go there.”
Last year also presented drama when weather canceled one day of racing and condensed qualifying gave most drivers only one session to get in the show. Millican was qualified 17 out of 16, but was lucky to get a second run in before rain started falling again.
“Last year was definitely crazy. I made a mistake on one of the qualifying sessions; we smoked the tires. Knowing rain was coming, I should have got back on the throttle and I didn’t. We were sitting in the lanes and it was sprinkling and we were sweating whether we were going to be able to make that run or not. We ended up making a good run and getting ourselves in the deal,” said Millican.
The 2017 Dodge NHRA Nationals is the second stop in the NHRA playoff season. Millican comes into the race No. 6 spot in the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship.
Dodge NHRA Nationals Schedule
Friday, September 22
2:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 1
5:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 2
Saturday, September 23
1:30 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 3
4:00 p.m. Nitro Qualifying Session 4
Sunday, September 24
12:00 p.m. Nitro Eliminations Begin
Dodge NHRA Nationals TV Air-Times on FS1
Friday, September 22 – 2:30 p.m. LIVE coverage of qualifying
Sunday, September 24 – 2:00 a.m. Qualifying Coverage
Sunday, September 24 – 2:00 p.m. LIVE coverage of eliminations