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Millican holds a Wally for the first-time

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

On Father’s Day, Clay Millican was able to win his first NHRA race. Millican guided his Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel dragster to the final round win at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.

Millican, who is a Tennessee native, went 3.825 at 316.38 mph in his dragster to defeat Leah Pritchett. She went 3.881 at 307.09 mph with her Papa John’s dragster.

Clay Millican (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Clay Millican (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

He’s now the 103rd different driver to win in the Top Fuel category. This was Millican’s ninth career final round in his 254th career Top Fuel start.

“I love what I do,” Millican said. “There were times I ever wondered if this was going to happen. I don’t deserve this credit. I’m really happy for David Grubnic [crew chief] and all of the boys who work on this car and I mean that one-hundred percent.”

Millican, after the run, said his son Dalton was with him all day. Dalton was killed in Aug. 2015 in an accident. Millican also didn’t know what to say in his post-race interview — and jokingly said it was a bad interview.

Pritchett was able to get the starting line advantage on Millican. But then she dropped a cylinder early in her run and Millican was able to run her down by the 1/8 mile.

He was able to hold on for the win from there. He won by 0.0194 seconds, or approx. 9 feet.

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