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August’s World Series of Drag Racing will bring Millican to MIR, legendary driver come home with an extra purpose

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Clay Millican media day 1 Clay Millican media dayThe track Drummonds native Clay Millican calls home will give him a chance to pay tribute to his late son Dalton.
Earlier this month during a media day to promote the Aug. 26-27 World Series of Drag Racing coming to the Memphis International Raceway, IHRA drag racing legend Clay Millican made an announcement of his own. Millican told the gathering the weekend of the World Series, the BRAKES program will be in town to promote safer driving for young drivers.
Millican said the upcoming events will add to his special memories of the venue he has been a part of since the days of the old Memphis Motorsports Park.
“I love this place,” he said. “I was here the day they put the golden shovel in the ground. I was so glad they were going to build a facility of this nature so close to my house. So many historic things have happened at this facility — not just the drag strip itself. You’ve got people who have won and raced here who are known worldwide.”
Notable names to win at the venue now known as Memphis International Raceway were Kevin Harvick and NHRA legend Mike Dunn.
“I’ve won bracket races here and I’ve been over 300 mph,” Millican noted. “I’ve been down this race track super, super fast countless times. So it’s home for me. I love this place.”
Other loves Millican is known for is his Top Fuel racing and his family. The Millican family dealt with the tragic death of Dalton last summer.
The younger Millican died in a motorcycle accident near Drummonds at the age 22. Dealing with the pain of losing his son, Clay made a decision to use the tragedy as motivation and his platform of being an NHRA Top Fuel dragster to promote safer driving for teens and young adults.
“It’s really, really cool that the BRAKES program would have that even here in Dalton’s name,” he said. “The same weekend we’re doing the World Series of Drag Racing. If we can keep one family from going through what my family went through and many others, accidents are the No. 1 killers of teenagers. So it’s just an awesome event and it means a lot to my family.”
For more information about BRAKES, visit www.putonthebrakes.org.
The World Series of Drag Racing is the world’s longest continually running drag racing event and this year’s race will have the largest purse in its history. The event is being brought to the Memphis International Raceway for the first time with support from Sunoco and the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The weekend-long event will cater to race fans of all ages and degrees with fireworks and family activities, including a kid zone, as well as live entertainment and a beer garden for attendees 21 and older.
Additionally, four tiers of camping space will be available on the raceway grounds for those who prefer to stay in the middle of the action. To access VIP Experience tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com/World-Series-of-Drag-Racing-tickets/artist/9151 and use the code “VIP63” at the time of purchase. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 800-745-3000.

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