Millican Believes A Victory Is Coming
“When I get in that race car I realize I am very fortunate to get to do what I do for a living, and I have a very nice deal with Parts Plus,” Millican said. “I drove a forklift for many years. I am just enjoying everything here and enjoying being a part of Bob’s team.”
One thing is for sure, when Millican does win that first race, everyone will need to brace themselves for what will certainly be a wild and crazy winner’s circle.
“I am not good working off of a script,” Millican said with a laugh. “I can tell you the one thing I won’t do is take off and run from the top end back to the starting line. I will leave that up to Bob because he’s in better shape than I am. But I am ready to find out what I am going to do. I am a spur of the moment type guy so who knows what will happen, but I can’t wait for it to happen.”
He knows in order to win he’s going to have to do it during a season that follows what many have called the most competitive ever in the history of NHRA Top Fuel racing. All of those drivers have returned to once again battle it out, including defending world champ Brown, seven-time champ Tony Schumacher, Massey, Shawn Langdon, Doug Kalitta, Brandon Bernstein and Morgan Lucas, among others.
“Top Fuel is turning into Pro Stock, the competition is so close,” Millican said. “It’s just unbelievable. But as a driver it’s nice to know when you stage the car you can make a difference in the outcome of the race. That’s how close it is now, that the driver is playing more of a role in each race and that’s exciting to me.”
While the excitement of Las Vegas’ massive casinos and spectacular nightlife scene provides a great stress-reliever for many on the circuit to spend their time away from the track during the weekend, Millican says he and his wife might take in a show and hit a few nice restaurants, but he prefers to save most of his energy for race day.
“I go there all business,” Millican said. “I don’t drink and I don’t gamble, so Vegas doesn’t distract me too much. There’s nothing wrong with anyone who likes to enjoy all that the city offers, but it’s just not me. However, it’s still fun to go there because they have a great race track and I get to do my job. That is all the fun I need.”
The competition is just as tough in the Funny Car category. Auto Club Ford Mustang driver Hight hopes to defend his title, but teammate Courtney Force and her Traxxas Ford Mustang crew are on the hunt for win No. 2 in 2013. High-profile drivers Ron Capps, 2012 Funny Car world champion “Fast Jack” Beckman, Gatornationals winner Johnny Gray, Matt Hagan and Alexis DeJoria are also hungry for a win at The Strip.
In Pro Stock, Mike Edwards leads the points standings based on his great performances during qualifying, which includes taking the No. 1 spot at the first three races behind the wheel of his I Am Second Chevy Camaro. Edwards has yet to win a race this season, but the two-time winner of this event hopes to change that trend over the weekend.
Defending world champ Johnson won the most recent event at Gainesville and comes into this event looking for his second title in a row here. Other winners this season in the 200 mph factory hot rod category are Vincent Nobile and Erica Enders-Stevens.