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Things Heat up as IHRA Heads to Richmond, Va. for the 5th Annual ACDelco Nationals; Clay Millican Looks for Third Straight Top Fuel Victory Four-time consecutive IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican looks to take home his third ...

Things Heat up as IHRA Heads to Richmond, Va. for the 5th Annual ACDelco Nationals; Clay Millican Looks for Third Straight Top Fuel Victory

Four-time consecutive IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican looks to take home his third consecutive victory when IHRA heads to Richmond, Va. for the 5th Annual ACDelco Nationals May 26-28. Millican, from Drummonds, Tenn., is trying to gain a stranglehold on the 2005 points chase and put some distance between the Lehman/Werner team and the formidable duo of Doug Foley (Sewell, N.J.) and Rick Cooper (Boise, Idaho), who have teamed up with Tim Lewis to form IHRA's first two car professional team.

In Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified, Quain Stott, from Columbus, N.C., hopes to increase his points lead over Shannon "The Iceman" Jenkins (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Ed Hoover (Gilbert, S.C.), who's still riding high from his season opening victory in San Antonio, and Al Billes (Barrie, Ont.), who took home the Ironman at the IHRA Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C. ACDelco sponsored Harold Martin, from West Bloomfield, Mich., is looking to capitalize on some early season momentum he has established with his qualifying efforts.

The Funny Car title chase is starting off with two familiar names in the 1-2 positions. Multiple-time World Champion Mark Thomas, from Louisville, Ohio, and defending back to back World Champion Rob Atchison, from London, Ontario, both have one victory apiece. Thomas currently leads Atchison by 34 points, but that could all change by the end of Memorial Day weekend.

In Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock, Steve Spiess, from Manhattan, Ill., set the IHRA World Record with a blistering run of 6.426 at the Rock, and during a testing session ran a 6.362 at 220.40 mph at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. Spiess is looking to keep his momentum going as he fends off Jerry Haas (Fenton, Mo.), Dan Seamon (Bellevue, Ohio), and Robert Patrick (Fredericksburg, Va.). This may be the last chance for Torco Pro Stock cars to chase the first sanctioned 6.30 pass before the long days of summer set in and weather conditions will not be as conducive to quicker runs.

For ticket information, log onto www.virginiamotorsportspk.com, or call 804-862-3174.

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Series Drag
Drivers Mark Thomas , Clay Millican , Robert Patrick , Quain Stott , Ed Hoover , Al Billes , Doug Foley , Tim Lewis , Harold Martin , Steve Spiess