NHRA: Clay Millican’s 22-year-old son killed in motorcycle accident

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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.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.