By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel pilot Clay Millican is the No. 1 qualifier at the Toyota Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. This is Millican’s seventh No. 1 qualifier of the season.
Millican picked up his first No. 1 qualifier at Sonoma Raceway following a 3.700 at 327.98 mph pass. He picked up the top spot during Friday’s qualifying.
This is Millican’s 17th career No. 1 qualifier. He also clinched a position in the Countdown to the Championship on Saturday, as well.
“I am not ever going to complain about being the No. 1 qualifier and it certainly shows that the team is capable of being the quickest car here,” Millican said. “It’s stacked on our side (of the ladder), but you have to beat them all to get a yellow hat (for a win) and that’s our game plan. Our goal is to be No. 1 and we achieved that.”
Millican will receive a bye in the first round.
Palomar Top Fuel Dragster pilot Leah Pritchett — who is being sponsored by former NHRA racer Jeb Allen this weekend — is the No. 2 qualifier. Pritchett went 3.727 at 328.38 mph.
She’ll face Worsham Racing’s Bill Litton in the first-round of eliminations. Litton went 4.056 at 251.58 mph.
Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Antron Brown is the No. 3 qualifier. He went 3.744 at 327.43 mph.
Brown will face Jim Maroney in the first-round of eliminations. Maroney, who upset reigning Top Fuel champion Brittany Force for his first career round win last weekend in Denver, went 4.005 at 261.47 mph.
U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster pilot Tony Schumacher is the No. 4 qualifier. He went 3.747 at 329.99 mph.
Schumacher will face Shawn Reed in the first-round of eliminations. Reed went 3.903 at 298.14 mph.
Force, who is sporting the Peak colors this weekend at Sonoma, is the No. 5 qualifier. She went 3.752 at 328.78 mph.
She’ll face DHL/Kalitta Air pilot Richie Crampton in the first-round of eliminations. Crampton went 3.828 at 321.73 mph.