Millican claims first No. 1 qualifier in 2020 at Indy Summernationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Parts Plus Top Fuel Dragster pilot Clay Millican is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the inaugural Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. This is the Drummonds, Tennessee native’s first No. 1 qualifier of the season.

With the No. 1 qualifier, it is his 24th of his career. Millican went 3.829 at 317.34 mph to claim the top spot.

Parts Plus Top Fuel Dragster pilot Clay Millican racing on Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals
Clay Millican racing on Saturday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“It’s just awesome after the long break,” Millican said. “We were No. 1 last week, but we didn’t get a chance to maintain it. To maintain it today is really cool. We didn’t make a good run right there. They had a leak in the clutch can and I don’t know if that maybe made me shake the tires. It doesn’t matter. Parts Plus is number one baby.”

He will face Todd Paton in the first-round of eliminations on Sunday.

Mopar sponsored Top Fuel Dragster pilot Leah Pruett was the No. 2 qualifier. The Don Schumacher Racing pilot, who resides in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, went 3.850 at 314.31 mph.

DHL sponsored Top Fuel Dragster Shawn Langdon rounded out the Top 3 with his 3.855 at 314.46 mph pass.

Elimination Ladder:

  • Clay Millican vs. Todd Paton
  • Leah Pruett vs. Lex Joon
  • Shawn Langdon vs. Justin Ashley
  • Antron Brown vs. Pat Dakin
  • Tony Schumacher vs. Terry McMillen
  • Doug Kalitta vs. Doug Foley
  • Steve Torrence vs. Billy Torrence
  • T.J. Zizzo vs. Terry Totten

The following drivers did not qualify for the event:

  • Joe Morrison, who was attempting to make his NHRA debut
  • Cory McClenathan, who may have had his final attempt to qualify for an NHRA event
  • Luigi Novelli

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