MILLINGTON, Tenn. --
Sat, 12 Oct 2013, 13:05 PM
Millican Gets Exciting Win at IHRA Summit World Finals
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
Minick, Smith, Hope Join Millican in Winner's Circle in Memphis
If Saturday is all about the sportsman world championships, then Friday night was all about welcoming
Memphis' hometown boy back home.
Clay Millican, from right down the road in Drummond, Tenn., made his first career quarter-mile drag
racing pass at Memphis International Raceway many years ago and on Friday, Millican returned to the
track that launched his legendary career. And in that return, the six-time IHRA Top Fuel World
Champion, world record holder and multi-time national event winner returned to IHRA's winner's circle
for the first time since 2007 with a win over longtime rival Bruce Litton during opening night of the
IHRA Summit Racing Equipment World Finals.
Clay Millican battled Bruce Litton Friday at Memphis International
is such a joy to return to the place where it all started," an excited Millican said. "I was so
excited to put this deal together to come race with the IHRA this weekend. To be able to race right
here at home, to sleep in my own bed and see all of my friends, family and fans all while getting to
race is such an awesome deal. I want to thank Bruce for letting us use one of his cars, we are just
sorry we had to beat him with it!"
Millican joined Friday's other pro winners, Mike Minick in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, Chris
Smith in Nitro Harley and Ron Hope in Fuel Altered, while IHRA's sportsman racers received their
first hits at the track in anticipation of Saturday's two championship races - the Summit Tournament
of Champions and Summit SuperSeries.
Millican produced Friday's two quickest passes, recording a 4.799 in round one before barely edging
Litton in round two with a 4.768 elapsed time at 306.81 miles per hour. Litton actually had the
advantage at the line in the final, but the Indianapolis native couldn't keep pace as he ran a 4.846,
307.30 pass in the runner-up effort.
Mike Minick drove the 'Chi-Town Hustler' to the win in Prostalgia
Nitro Funny Car
AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car Mike Minick had two easy passes right down broadway in the
"Chi-Town Hustler" machine to take the win in the popular flopper class, easily besting Mike Halstead
and the "Candies & Hughes" Barracuda in the final. Minick had a 5.847, 241.97 in taking the win while
Halstead ran into trouble on his run and had to shut it off.
In the consolation round Peter Gallen defeated Greg Jacobsmeyer.
In Fuel Altered Ron Hope traded win lights with Kyle Hough, saving the most important win for last in
taking the "Rat Trap" to a 6.478, 211.83 to Hough's swerving 6.782, 166.25 in the final.
Chris Smith won his very first IHRA Ironman Friday at the Summit
in Nitro Harley Chris Smith defeated Jake Stordeur with a 6.678, 201.19 to take home his first career
Saturday's Summit World Finals will conclude with two more rounds of Nitro Jam professional drag
racing culminating with the sportsman world championships in the Summit Tournament of Champions and
Summit SuperSeries races.
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