Clay Millican, from Drummonds, Tenn., has loved drag racing his entire life. He got his first racecar at the age of 16, and fueled his passion for racing in the Sportsman ranks for many years. Clay had raced as a hobby for all his adult life until Peter Lehman came along. His path to Top Fuel carries a fairy tale style story.

He was working as a forklift driver for Kroger Supermarkets while campaigning simultaneously an IHRA Modified eliminator entry when Lehman selected Millican to drive his Chicago White Sox-sponsored Top Fuel Dragster entry. Peter provided the opportunity for Clay to fulfill a lifelong dream of driving professionally.

The goal was to learn the game and to establish themselves as the Top Fuel team of the future. What Peter saw in Clay was not only a potentially great driver, but a Southern gentleman with an unwavering passion for the sport and genuine appreciation of the fans of drag racing. Lehman and Millican later acquired sponsorship backing from trucking giant Werner Enterprises and formed one of the most well-known driver-sponsor alliances in IHRA Top Fuel history.

Career Highlights

6 Consecutive World Championships 2001-2006
Winningest Top Fuel Driver in IHRA History
51 IHRA National Event Wins
Advanced to every Final Round in a Season (2003)
Top Fuel Consecutive Event Wins (10 set in 2002)
Top Fuel Consecutive Round Wins (30 set in 2002)
Most Wins in a Season (11 set in 2002)
Five out of Six Championships: Never Finished lower than second in points
IHRA World Record Holder for Elapse Time and Speed 4.48 @ 328 mph
Winner of the Biggest Paying Race in Drag Racing History
The Rocket City Nationals in Huntsville AL a total of 106k


2004 IHRA Sportsman of the Year
Named to the 2002 & 2004 & 2005 AARWBA All America Second Team
Named to the 2001& 2003 AARWBA All America Honorable Mention Team
Finalist for the 2003, 2004 & 2005 Eastern Motorsports Press Association’s A
Holbert Memorial Driver of the Year Award
Finalist for the 2002 Car Craft All-Star Drag Racing Team
Driver of the Year IHRA 2001
IHRA Rookie of the Year 2000

Clay in Front of the Camera

2007 SPEED Channel BLOW IT UP

In the antithesis of his real job, NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican is the host of “Blow It Up,” a new program for SPEEDTV from the fertile mind of creator Rich Christensen.

Christensen, the man behind the successful “Pinks” drag racing program, also on SPEEDTV, selected the exuberant, quick-talking Millican for this new project. The program features Millican devising a number of ways to blow up engines in cars from an assortment of engine shops. The debut of “Blow It Up” is scheduled July 21.

“Clay is the minister of destruction. It’s his show and his rules,” said Ray Iddings, brand manager of Launch Hour and producer of “Blow It Up.” “The shops bring out their finished motors (in their cars) and Clay just punishes these cars. We made it basically the shop against Clay. He’d tell them what he wanted done – from 30-second burnouts, to launches, hot-lapping, or whatever until the engine fails.

2007 Speed Channel Drag Race High

Millican made several guest appearances on Speed Channel’s Drag Race High

2008 Speed Channel International Hot Rod Association

Millican hosted the IHRA Nitro Jam series. Race coverage of all the IHRA events in 2008

2008/2009 Speed Channel Drag Race High

Over 10 weeks, viewers saw high school auto shop students from San Diego-area high schools Ramona and El Camino build competitive cars to race each other for the Drag Race High championship.

Drag Race High was created by Rich Christensen. The two schools received $10,000 each to start the project. TV cameras followed the classes as they built their cars. Students were required to do all of the work and they were permitted to raise money for the project. In addition to the $10,000 given to the schools by Speed the students had to go out and find sponsorship to help complete their race cars. “This is a lot like what the professional drag racing teams do,” added Millican.

2009 Speed Channel PINKS ALL OUT

Millican C0-Starred in 6 episodes of the hit show PINKS ALL OUT

2010 Speed Channel PINKS ALL OUT

Millican was so well received in his guest appearances in 2009 Millican was brought in to Co-Star in the entire season of PINKS ALL OUT


Drag racing is going main stream.
The definitive acceleration sport provides the impetus for an upcoming MTV2 television program that features students from the Universal Technical Institute at Phoenix constructing two drag race cars for competition.
“Basically, we have two classes from UTI and they have nine weeks to build two drag racing cars,” said Ray Iddings of High Five Entertainment. “We’ll take the cars to Firebird International Raceway in Phoenix for a best-of-five showdown . . . and the losing car is going to get crushed.
“The program, Burnout ‘The Ultimate Drag Race Challenge’, began showing in April on MTV2.”

2012 DENSO Corporation

Starred in a promotional video for the Denso Corporation

2013/2014 MAVTV Gear Heads

Made guest appearances on Gear Heads on MAVTV

2014 MAVTV Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series

Host of IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series

Clay in Front of the Camera

2007 Hosted Speed Channel’s Show Blow It Up
2007 Made a guest appearance on Speed Channel’s Drag Race High

2008 Hosted Speed Channel’s IHRA National Event Race Coverage
2008\2009: Host of Speed Channel’s Drag Race High
2009 Co-Starred 6 episodes of PINKS ALL OUT
2010 Co-Starring in PINKS ALL OUT on Speed Channel
2011 Starring in BURNOUT on MTV2

2012 Starred in Promotional Video for the Denso Corporation

2013\2014 Made a guest appearance in Gear Heads on MAVTV

2014 Host of IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series on MAVTV