Rockingham Spring Nationals preview

Looking for two in a row: Four drivers will be looking for their second consecutive Hooters IHRA Racing Series victories to open the 2005 season. Clay Millican (Drummonds, TN) won Top Fuel in Texas while Ed Hoover (Gilbert, SC) claimed Torco Race...

Looking for two in a row: Four drivers will be looking for their second consecutive Hooters IHRA Racing Series victories to open the 2005 season. Clay Millican (Drummonds, TN) won Top Fuel in Texas while Ed Hoover (Gilbert, SC) claimed Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified, Rob Atchison (London, ONT) won Funny Car and Daniel Seamon (Bellevue, OH) captured Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock.

Lucky #9?: Millican will be trying to win the ninth Hooters IHRA national event held at Rockingham Dragway in a row. The last time the Werner Enterprises-sponsored Millican failed to win at The Rock was the Holly Spring Nationals in Spring of 2001. Since that race, the Peter Lehman Race Team and Millican have claimed every Spring and Fall race at Rockingham...last beating Danny Dunn at the Bethesda Softworks World Finals in October.

New records set in Texas: Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock driver Robert Patrick (Fredericksburg, VA) set the new IHRA elapsed time record during qualifying at the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals. Patrick's 6.427 pass, which he backed up in the first round of eliminations, displaced the previous mark of 6.435 set by defending World Champion John Nobile (Dix Hills, NY) in 2003 at Rockingham. But Nobile didn't go home from Texas empty-handed. He set a new IHRA speed record for Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock, clocking in at 217.25 mph.

Lenco 6.30s Pro Stock Challenge: In 2005 Lenco Racing Transmissions has formed the Lenco 6.30's Pro Stock Challenge. This program recognizes the first 16 Pro Stock racers making a qualifying or elimination pass in the 6.30's. The first club member will receive $2,500 while members 2-16 will receive $1,000. All members will receive a special club jacket and plaque supplied by Lenco. The Lenco Pro Stock Challenge will automatically continue until the '06 season and/or until the club is complete. Robert Patrick's 6.427 pass in San Antonio was the quickest thus far this season so the battle to be the first club member will continue in Rockingham.

Kaase IHRA Pro Stock Tuning Challenge: Engine builder Jon Kaase has teamed up with IHRA for one of the most unique and innovative programs in racing, designed to reward consistency in Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock qualifying. The program will pay $500 to the driver who records the best average elapsed time during qualifying at every IHRA national event. At the conclusion of the season the competitor with the best average qualifying elapsed time for the 12 national events receives $2,000. John Montecalvo, running a new '05 Chevy Cobalt, and his crew won the inaugural Tuning Challenge in San Antonio.

On deck: The next Hooters IHRA national event will be the 5th Annual ACDelco Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, VA. The event will take place May 26-28.

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Series Drag
Drivers Clay Millican , John Nobile , Robert Patrick , Ed Hoover