Richmond qualifying summary

Millican No. 1 Qualifier at ACDelco Nationals Nobile Sets Sunoco Pro Stock World Speed Record RICHMOND, Va. -- (May 29, 2004) - Three-time defending Top Fuel world champion Clay Millican qualified No. 1 Saturday during the 4th Annual ACDelco ...

Millican No. 1 Qualifier at ACDelco Nationals
Nobile Sets Sunoco Pro Stock World Speed Record

RICHMOND, Va. -- (May 29, 2004) - Three-time defending Top Fuel world champion Clay Millican qualified No. 1 Saturday during the 4th Annual ACDelco Nationals presented by the Richmond Times-Dispatch at Virginia Motorsports Park. Millican, of Drummonds, Tenn., used a track-record elapsed time of 4.627-seconds in the final round of qualifying to top the class.

Other No. 1 qualifiers include Von Smith, Conroe, Texas, (Pro Modified); Rob Atchison, London, Ontario, Canada, (Funny Car); and John Nobile, Melville, N.Y. (Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock).

Millican has positioned himself for his 33rd Top Fuel career win. Danny Dunn is qualified second, followed by Bruce Litton and 19-year-old Josh Starcher.

Von Smith maintained his No. 1 Pro Modified qualifying position and set both ends of the track record running a 6.179, 230.80. He's followed by Harold Martin, Jim Halsey and Steve Salvadore. Defending Pro Modified world champion Mitch Stott is qualified No. 16 with a 6.329 ET.

Canadian Rob Atchison set the track Funny Car ET record with a 5.762-second pass to hold onto the No. 1 qualifying position. Atchison is the defending world champion and has yet to win an event this season. Dan Roman qualified second, Jeff Burnett third and Ronnie Midyette, of Virginia Beach, Va., fourth. Points leader and five-time world champion Mark Thomas qualified sixth. Thomas and Atchison are on opposite ends of the elimination ladder, making possible that the two may meet in the final.

In Sunoco Pro Stock, Nobile ran the quarter-mile in 6.492 seconds to take the No. 1 spot and set the track ET record. His speed of 215.37 was good enough to set the IHRA world record, formerly held by Jason Collins. Frank Gugliotta qualified second, followed by Pete Berner and Elijah Morton. Fredricksburg, Virginia's Robert Patrick is qualified tenth. Adelbertus Kelkboom and Andre' Loonstra, both from Oranjestad, Aruba, failed to qualify but made an excellent debut recording ETs of 6.829 and 6.887 respectively.

Eliminations begin Sunday at 11 a.m. The final round is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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Series Drag
Drivers Mark Thomas , Clay Millican , Bruce Litton , John Nobile , Robert Patrick , Von Smith , Josh Starcher , Harold Martin , Jim Halsey , Frank Gugliotta