Millican, Castellana Clinch
Spiess Takes Showdown Win
Words by Mike Perry /IHRA.com
Photos by Richie Downs
job at hand was very simple for both Clay Millican and Mike
Castellana: go a couple of rounds in Budds Creek and clinch
IHRA World Championships. The Ironmen they took home as well
were just a couple of bonuses.
Millican (Drummonds, TN) clinched his fifth consecutive IHRA
Top Fuel World Championship when he was able to advance to
the final at the President's Cup. Heading into the race he
held a 193-point lead over second-place Doug Foley, and only
had to put a pair of round victories in the books to close
the mathematical door on Foley this season. Actually, when
Foley (Sewell, NJ) lost a pedal-fest in the semifinals to
Bobby Lagana, Jr., Millican clinched the title.
Castellana (lead photo) ended the Torco Pro Modified points
race when teammate Shannon Jenkins (who was second, 79 points
behind) and Carl Spiering (third, 104 points behind) lost
in the first round of eliminations. The '05 title is Castellana's
first career World Championship.
Millican and Castellana joined Torco Pro Stock driver Steve
Spiess, who clinched the World Championship in Epping, NH,
two weeks ago, in the IHRA record books.
"That was the goal, obviously, at the start
of the year, to win the championship," Millican said.
"The thing is, it takes a full year of work to do it
and get it done early before going into Rockingham."
Millican, who set the track record at 4.568
seconds en route to qualifying first, began eliminations with
a 4.618 at 320.20 mph run that beat Roger Dean’s traction-troubled
10.746. In the semis, he had a solo run (4.646 at 310.77)
when Todd Paton couldn’t make it to the starting line