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Millican is a six-time T/F champion in the IHRA.
One driver who is on the rise in the ranks is Clay Millican. A fixture in the top fuel ranks, Millican has been getting better over the years, including a career-best season in 2013 where he reached the final round four times, qualified for every event of the season and earned a spot in the Countdown to the Championship for the second time in his career (he also made the countdown in 2009).
A six-time IHRA T/F champion, Millican has the most event wins in IHRA history with 51. However, he has yet to translate his success over into the NHRA. He has come close numerous times since 1998, racing his way to eight final rounds through the course of his career.
Despite defeating Antron Brown in the first round at the Winternationals, Millican barely lost to Steve Torrence in the second round. Still, the Dexter Tuttle-owned Parts Plus team has the momentum of a stellar year in 2013, and it will carry that momentum into the 2014 season. This team will earn a Wally or two before year's end.
The NHRA sometimes has a thing for surprises, so take it into consideration that Millican could be one of the surprising stories in 2014.