Northern Nationals Friday summary

Clay Millican Leads IHRA Top Fuel Qualifying at Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals MARTIN, Mich., (August 13, 2004) - Clay Millican holds the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifying position at the Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals at U.S. 131 Motorsports...

Clay Millican Leads IHRA Top Fuel Qualifying at Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals

MARTIN, Mich., (August 13, 2004) - Clay Millican holds the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifying position at the Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park. Millican, of Drummonds, Tenn., covered the quarter-mile in 4.685 seconds at 307.30 mph.

Other No. 1 qualifiers include Mike Castellana, Westbury, N.Y., (Pro Modified); Terry Munroe, Beaver, Penn., (Funny Car); and John Montecalvo, Center Moriches, N.Y., (Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock).

In the quickest Top Fuel field in IHRA history, with one more qualifying session left tomorrow, Millican holds the No. 1 position over Indianapolis' Bruce Litton. Bobby Lagana, Jr., making his quickest career pass at 4.740 ET, 305.70 mph, is third, Louie Allison fourth. "Doc" John Sipple sits on the bump spot with a 4.885. Millican set the track ET record.

Pro Modified No. 1 qualifier Castellana is in the No. 1 spot with a 6.196, 227.65, resetting the track ET record. Carl Spiering is second, followed by former world champion Shannon Jenkins and reigning world champion Mitch Stott. Fred Hahn reset the track speed record with a 229.86.

In Funny Car, Munroe shocked the field with a track record-setting 5.772, 244.07, jumping to the top spot over defending world champion and event winner Rob Atchison. Current points leader Mark Thomas is third, Larry Dobbs fourth and Elkhart, Indiana's Terry McMillen fifth.

Point leader Montecalvo and Steve Spiess both recorded 6.474 ETs, but Montecalvo holds the No. 1 spot due to a better 214.52 mph. Robert Patrick, who won this class two weeks ago in Toronto, is third, followed by John Nobile and Tony Gillig. Chuck DeMory, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., sits on the bump spot with a 6.574. Montecalvo's time and speed broke both track records.

Qualifying for the Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals resumes Saturday at 11 a.m. Eliminations begin at 4 p.m. with the final round scheduled for 10 p.m.

MARTIN, Mich. -- Results Friday after qualifying for the 23rd annual Torco Racing Fuels Northern Nationals at US 131 Motorsports Park, eighth of 12 events in the 2004 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Saturday evening's final eliminations.

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Series Drag
Drivers Fred Hahn , Clay Millican , Bruce Litton , Tony Gillig , John Nobile , Robert Patrick , Louie Allison , John Montecalvo , Shannon Jenkins , Steve Spiess , Terry McMillen