Millican claims 25th No. 1 qualifier at 2020 Gatornationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Parts Plus Top Fuel Dragster pilot Clay Millican is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Florida. Millican has claimed his second No. 1 qualifier in the last four races.

The Drummonds, Tennessee native went 3.821 at 313.51 mph in the heat in Florida. With the No. 1 qualifier, this is his 25th No. 1 qualifier.

Parts Plus Top Fuel Dragster pilot Clay Millican racing on Saturday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
Clay Millican racing on Saturday at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“That was pretty cool,” Millican said. “This is a big race and we were proud to go No. 1. We’ve had the craziest racing gremlins on the car. We’ve qualified well and haven’t raced worth a darn (at Indy). I lost this race in the final round last year, and that one was my fault. So, would I like to make up for it tomorrow? Absolutely.”

Capco Contractors Top Fuel Dragster pilot Billy Torrence was the No. 2 qualifier. The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.828 at 320.28 mph.

Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Antron Brown claimed the No. 3 spot. The Pittsboro, Indiana native went 3.831 at 320.36 mph.

Points leader Doug Kalitta will attempt to hold onto his points lead on Sunday. At this time, he leads by 50 points over Leah Pruett and just 60 points ahead of reigning Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence.

Justin Ashley is in the fourth spot, as he is 122 points behind.

Top Fuel Elimination Ladder:

  • Clay Millican vs. Bye
  • Billy Torrence vs. Todd Paton
  • Antron Brown vs. Cameron Ferré
  • Steve Torrence vs. Tony Schumacher
  • Doug Foley vs. Arthur Allen
  • Doug Kalitta vs. Terry McMillen
  • Shawn Langdon vs. Justin Ashley
  • Leah Pruett vs. Joe Morrison

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