Milan: Saturday qualifying summary

Litton Maintains Top Fuel No. 1 In Brand Sets Alcohol Funny Car ET World Record MILAN, Mich. (September 22, 2007) -- Bruce Litton, Indianapolis, covered the Milan Dragway quarter-mile in 4.581-seconds at 323.50 mph to maintain the Top Fuel No.

Litton Maintains Top Fuel No. 1 In
Brand Sets Alcohol Funny Car ET World Record

MILAN, Mich. (September 22, 2007) -- Bruce Litton, Indianapolis, covered the Milan Dragway quarter-mile in 4.581-seconds at 323.50 mph to maintain the Top Fuel No. 1 qualifying position for this weekend's Suzuki Motor City Nationals presented by GM Performance Division and Heritage Newspapers.

Other No. 1 qualifiers include Dale Creasy Jr. (Nitro Funny Car), Kenny Lang (Pro Modified), Dale Brand (Alcohol Funny Car) and Pete Berner (Pro Stock).

Litton established a new track ET record en route to his Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier, but wasn't able to earn the Last Man Standing bonus for the evening. That accolade went to Scotty Cannon, 4.642, 296.50, who ended up crossing the finish line during the final pass of the night before Litton. Cannon ended up No. 2, followed by Litton teammate Jeff O'Neill, Todd Paton, Bobby Lagana Jr. and points leader T.J. Zizzo. Mitch King and Kevin Jones ended up seventh and eighth. Terry McMillen, who won the last Knoll Gas Nitro Jam event in Cayuga, Ontario, failed to make the field.

In Knoll Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car, points leader Creasy Jr. topped the qualifying sheet with a 5.007 elapsed time. However for the second night in a row, Andy Kelley took home the Last Man Standing brought to you by MetalWood Bat with a 5.010 ET that placed him No. 2. Terry Haddock is third, followed by Bob Gilbertson, John Lawson, Todd Simpson and Jeff Diehl. Jack Wyatt qualified on the bump spot.

In Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified, No. 1 qualifier Lang ran 6.031, resetting the Milan Dragway record and earning the Last Man Standing. The Canadian is followed by points leader Scott Cannon Jr., whose 239.95 mph set the track speed record, Chip King, defending event winner Mike Janis, Shannon Jenkins and Ed Hoover. Danny Rowe and Quain Stott round out the field, Nos. 15 and 16 respectively.

Brand, Lynville, Iowa, making his first IHRA Alcohol Funny Car appearance since October 2002, not only took the No. 1 qualifier and Last Man Standing brought to you by MetalWood Bat, he set the elapsed time world record at 5.649. The record was previously held by Rob Atchison, 5.685, set in October 2005. Terry Munroe picked up the second spot, followed by Joe Comella, Paul Noakes and Rob Atchison. Points leader Mark Thomas qualified No. 7. In addition, Brand established new track records with the 5.649, 244.74.

Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier Berner, IHRA's defending world champion, used a track record-setting 6.331 ET to also earn the Quarter-Max Pro Stock Challenge. He's followed by Brian Gahm, who's 221.52 mph set the track speed record, John Montecalvo, points leader and defending event champion Robert Patrick and Bob Bertsch.

Professional eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

-credit: ihra

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Series Drag
Drivers Mike Janis , Mark Thomas , Bruce Litton , Robert Patrick , Bob Gilbertson , Chip King , Dale Creasy Jr. , Scotty Cannon , Bobby Lagana Jr. , Ed Hoover , Todd Paton , Shannon Jenkins , Mitch King , Jack Wyatt , Dale Brand , Terry Haddock , Danny Rowe , Jeff Diehl , Terry McMillen