By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Great Clips/Parts Plus Top Fuel Dragster pilot Clay Millican is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Millican picked up his 10th No. 1 qualifier of the season.
In addition, this is his third No. 1 qualifier in the past five seasons. He went 3.699 at 327.82 mph during Friday night’s pass.
“This team is incredible,” Millican said. “This is something I would have never dreamed of. So proud of what this team has done all season long. It is amazing.”
The Drummonds, Tennessee native will face Greg Carrillo in the first-round of eliminations on Sunday. The Glendale, Arizona native went 3.939 at 305.98 mph.
Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Steve Torrence — who has won the first four races in the Countdown to the Championship — is the No. 2 qualifier. The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.702 at 333.33 mph.
He’ll face Shawn Reed in the first-round of eliminations on Sunday. The Lake Tapps, Washington native went 3.876 at 295.34 mph.
Reigning Top Fuel Dragster pilot Brittany Force is the No. 3 qualifier. The Monster Energy Top Fuel Dragster pilot went 3.723 at 330.88 mph.
The Yorba Linda, California native will face Mike Salinas in the first-round of eliminations. The San Jose, California native went 3.824 at 280.72 mph.
Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster pilot Leah Pritchett is the No. 4 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.731 at 322.65 mph.
Pritchett will face Troy Buff in the first-round of eliminations. The Spring, Texas native went 3.804 at 308.57 mph.
Matco Tools Maximus 3.0/U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster pilot Antron Brown is the No. 5 qualifier. The Pittsboro, Indiana native went 3.741 at 322.88 mph.
Brown will face Blake Alexander in the first-round of eliminations. The Charlotte, North Carolina native, who is driving for Bob Vandergriff Racing, went 3.800 at 321.12 mph.
Sunday Eliminations Pairings:
- Clay Millican, 3.699 seconds, 327.82 mph vs. 16. Greg Carrillo, 3.939, 305.98 mph
- Steve Torrence, 3.702, 333.33 mph vs. 15. Shawn Reed, 3.876, 295.34 mph
- Brittany Force, 3.723, 330.88 mph vs. 14. Mike Salinas, 3.824, 280.72 mph
- Leah Pritchett, 3.731, 322.65 mph vs. 13. Troy Buff, 3.804, 308.57 mph
- Antron Brown, 3.741, 322.88 mph vs. 12. Blake Alexander, 3.800, 321.12 mph
- Doug Kalitta, 3.742, 326.00 mph vs. 11. Richie Crampton, 3.799, 318.39 mph
- Billy Torrence, 3.760, 327.90 mph vs. 10. Terry McMillen, 3.784, 326.32 mph
- Scott Palmer, 3.768, 326.48 mph vs. 9. Tony Schumacher, 3.772, 330.15 mph
Two Top Fuel Dragsters did not make the show. The No. 17 qualifier was Terry Haddock, as the Temple, Texas native went 4.018 at 295.21 mph.
Terry Totten was the No. 18 qualifier, who went Gretna, Nebraska native went 4.788 at 155.31 mph.
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