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Clay Millican gets first career NHRA Top Fuel victory

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Clay Millican raced to his first career Top Fuel victory Sunday, beating Leah Pritchett in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals final.

The Tennessee driver had a 3.825-second pass at 316.38 mph in the final. He won in his 254th Top Fuel start and ninth final-round appearance.

“I love what I do,” Millican said. “There were times I ever wondered if this was going to happen. I don’t deserve the credit. I’m really happy for David Grubnic and all of the boys who work on this car and I mean that one-hundred percent.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, and Alex Laughin in Pro Stock.

Capps raced to his fifth victory of the season and 55th of his career. The defending series champion won on a holeshot against teammate Jack Beckman with a pass of 4.054 at 317.05 in a Dodge Charger R/T.

Laughin won for the second time this season, beating Bo Butner with a 6.718 at 205.04 in a Chevrolet Camaro.

RESULTS

Sunday At Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tenn.

Final Finish Order

Top Fuel

1. Clay Millican. 2. Leah Pritchett. 3. Shawn Langdon. 4. Steve Torrence. 5. Scott Palmer. 6. Brittany Force. 7. Antron Brown. 8. Mike Salinas. 9. Kebin Kinsley. 10. Tony Schumacher. 11. Terry McMillen. 12. Doug Kalitta. 13. Troy Coughlin Jr.. 14. Chris Karamesines. 15. Pat Dakin. 16. Kyle Wurtzel.

Funny Car

1. Ron Capps. 2. Jack Beckman. 3. Tommy Johnson Jr.. 4. Matt Hagan. 5. Robert Hight. 6. Tim Wilkerson. 7. Courtney Force. 8. John Force. 9. Del Worsham. 10. Alexis DeJoria. 11. Cruz Pedregon. 12. J.R. Todd. 13. Jonnie Lindberg. 14. Jim Campbell. 15. Jeff Diehl. 16. Bob Bode.

Pro Stock

1. Alex Laughlin. 2. Bo Butner. 3. Erica Enders. 4. Tanner Gray. 5. Shane Gray. 6. Jeg Coughlin. 7. Vincent Nobile. 8. Allen Johnson. 9. Jason Line. 10. Greg Anderson. 11. Drew Skillman. 12. Alan Prusiensky. 13. Wally Stroupe.

Final Results

Top Fuel—Clay Millican, 3.825 seconds, 316.38 mph def. Leah Pritchett, 3.881 seconds, 307.09 mph.

Funny Car—Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.054, 317.05 def. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.040, 319.29.

Pro Stock—Alex Laughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.718, 205.04 def. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.729, 205.79.

Pro Modified—Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.878, 253.09 def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.881, 254.76.

Super Stock—Marty Rinehart Jr., Chevy Camaro, 9.980, 129.23 def. Greg Stanfield, Camaro, 8.731, 158.17.

Stock Eliminator—Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., Pontiac GTO, 10.990, 117.12 def. John Leach, Plymouth Roadrunner, Foul – Red Light.

Super Comp—David Morris, Dragster, 8.902, 159.89 def. John Labbous Jr, Dragster, 8.891, 171.75.

Super Gas—Steve Furr, Chevy Camaro, 9.914, 149.75 def. Jacob Elrod, Chevy Corvette, 9.896, 156.34.

Top Sportsman presented by RacingRVs.com—Clayton Roberts, Chevy Cavalier, 7.542, 180.31 def. Jeffrey Barker, Chevy Cobalt, 6.704, 197.28.

Top Dragster presented by RacingRVs.com—Aaron Stanfield, Dragster, 6.370, 210.41 def. Angie Travis, Dragster, 6.288, 213.33.

Top Fuel Harley—Tii Tharpe, Dixie, 6.549, 205.01 def. Jay Turner, Dixie, 7.603, 134.20.

Round-by-roundTop Fuel

Round One—Antron Brown, 3.952, 286.62 def. Pat Dakin, 12.230, 56.62. Clay Millican, 5.313, 139.40 def. Kyle Wurtzel, Broke. Shawn Langdon, 4.183, 255.53 def. Doug Kalitta, 4.414, 206.35. Steve Torrence, 4.280, 203.80 def. Chris Karamesines, 8.710, 63.35. Leah Pritchett, 4.378, 186.51 def. Troy Coughlin Jr., 4.497, 189.26. Brittany Force, 3.897, 310.55 def. Terry McMillen, 4.283, 252.19. Scott Palmer, 3.969, 307.16 def. Tony Schumacher, 4.076, 275.96. Mike Salinas, 3.855, 320.05 def. Kebin Kinsley, 3.850, 317.87.

Quarterfinals—Pritchett, 7.094, 84.32 def. Palmer, Foul – Red Light. Langdon, 4.251, 258.37 def. Brown, 4.310, 263.26. Torrence, 4.000, 309.56 def. Salinas, Broke. Millican, 4.011, 294.18 def. Force, 4.060, 267.85.

Semifinals—Pritchett, 3.798, 319.90 def. Langdon, 3.901, 308.00. Millican, 3.812, 319.90 def. Torrence, 3.949, 303.57.

Final—Millican, 3.825, 316.38 def. Pritchett, 3.881, 307.09.

Funny Car

Round One—Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 4.132, 255.43 def. J.R. Todd, Toyota Camry, 4.305, 240.89. Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 4.367, 233.12 def. Bob Bode, Dodge Charger, Broke. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.985, 322.58 def. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Solara, 6.461, 105.19. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.387, 233.48 def. Jim Campbell, Charger, 6.307, 105.26. Jack Beckman, Charger, 4.172, 303.43 def. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.302, 275.28. John Force, Camaro, 4.136, 312.42 def. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.211, 303.43. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.104, 315.34 def. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.246, 278.75. Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 4.105, 314.17 def. Jonnie Lindberg, Camry, 5.901, 122.44.

Quarterfinals—Beckman, 4.321, 276.75 def. C. Force, 4.343, 221.42. Capps, 4.090, 314.31 def. Hight, 4.124, 310.55. Johnson Jr., 4.083, 314.53 def. Wilkerson, 4.220, 262.18. Hagan, 4.202, 306.95 def. J. Force, Foul – Centerline.

Semifinals—Beckman, 4.009, 318.99 def. Johnson Jr., 4.043, 313.29. Capps, 4.045, 314.61 def. Hagan, 5.264, 168.43.

Final—Capps, 4.054, 317.05 def. Beckman, 4.040, 319.29.

Pro Stock

Round One—Alex Laughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.761, 204.88 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.735, 205.13. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.752, 205.57 def. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.765, 203.74. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.743, 204.54 def. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.748, 204.94. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.736, 204.82 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.758, 204.60. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.742, 205.38 def. Alan Prusiensky, Dart, 6.807, 203.61. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.714, 205.79 def. Wally Stroupe, Camaro, Foul – Red Light. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.740, 205.26 was unopposed.

Quarterfinals—Enders, 6.761, 204.88 def. Nobile, 16.442, 49.55. Laughlin, 6.769, 204.54 def. Coughlin, 10.491, 95.69. T. Gray, 6.748, 204.94 def. S. Gray, 6.783, 205.01. Butner, 6.763, 204.76 was unopposed.

Semifinals—Butner, 6.732, 205.44 def. Enders, 6.745, 205.01. Laughlin, 6.767, 204.48 def. T. Gray, Foul – Red Light.

Final—Laughlin, 6.718, 205.04 def. Butner, 6.729, 205.79.

Point StandingsThrough 11-of-24 EventsTop Fuel

1. Steve Torrence, 954. 2. Leah Pritchett, 943. 3. Antron Brown, 934. 4. Tony Schumacher, 801. 5. Doug Kalitta, 678. 6. Brittany Force, 649. 7. Clay Millican, 639. 8. Troy Coughlin Jr., 443. 9. Scott Palmer, 432. 10. Terry McMillen, 424.

Funny Car

1. Ron Capps, 1,044. 2. Matt Hagan, 881. 3. Jack Beckman, 748. 4. Robert Hight, 707. 5. Courtney Force, 704. 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 663. 7. John Force, 641. 8. Tim Wilkerson, 490. 9. J.R. Todd, 476. 10. Cruz Pedregon, 397.

Pro Stock

1. Bo Butner, 945. 2. Greg Anderson, 835. 3. Tanner Gray, 830. 4. Jeg Coughlin, 766. 5. Jason Line, 702. 6. Erica Enders, 657. 7. Vincent Nobile, 617. 8. Drew Skillman, 536. 9. Shane Gray, 434. 10. Chris McGaha, 421.

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