The 22-year-old son of NHRA Top Fuel driver Clay Millican, Dalton Millican, has been killed in a single-person motorcycle accident.
Clay Millican confirmed the news in a note released on Thursday morning.
The statement reads:
Family, Friends & Fans – It is with extremely heavy hearts that we let you know that late last night we lost our beloved son, Dalton Millican, age 22, in a single-person motorcycle accident close to our hometown of Drummonds, Tenn. We are heartbroken by the tragic loss to our family. We appreciate all of your love and support as we navigate through the very difficult road ahead. Funeral arrangements are pending and we will announce those once they have been finalized. We ask for your continued love and prayers and privacy at this time. – Clay, Donna and Cale Millican
A statement from NHRA president Peter Clifford reads:
“Everyone at NHRA sends our deepest condolences to Clay Millican and the entire Millican family. Clay and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. This tragic loss will be felt by everyone in our sport.”
Dalton Millican was a rising driver in his own right, having competed in Monster Jam racing the Blue Thunder. He enjoyed a passion for skateboarding, riding BMX and later racing ATVs. His bio from the Monster Jam site is linked here.
Clay Millican, who drives the Parts Plus/Great Clips Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, currently sits 11th in the Top Fuel points standings, 103 points out of a spot in the Countdown to the championship.
MotorSportsTalk extends its thoughts and condolences to the Millicans on their loss.