Millican Leads IHRA Qualifying at Amalie Oil Texas Nationals SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 26, 2004) - Clay Millican led first day Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the 3rd Annual Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs at ...
Millican Leads IHRA Qualifying at Amalie Oil Texas Nationals
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 26, 2004) - Clay Millican led first day Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the 3rd Annual Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs at San Antonio Raceway. Millican, of Drummonds, Tenn., ran the quarter-mile in 4.642-seconds at 303.23 mph to claim the top spot.
Other No. 1 qualifiers include Al Billes, Barrie, Ontario, Canada, (Pro Modified); Rob Atchison, London, Ontario, Canada, (Funny Car); and Rick Jones, Galesburg, Ill., (Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock).
Millican opened the 2003 season with a win at the Texas Nationals and went on to claim nine more events en route to his third consecutive Top Fuel World Championship. He holds the ET and speed record for San Antonio Raceway at 4.591, 319.98. Other drivers holding top spots in Top Fuel include Mark Kinsella, Humble, Texas, in second, Todd Paton third, and Mitch King, Galveston, Texas, fourth. Bruce Litton is No. 9 of an eight-car qualified field.
After the first round of Pro Modified qualifying, Billes was No. 2 but came back in the second session with a 6.224. Scotty Cannon, a former six-time World Champion, was No. 1 for two runs before being bumped to the second spot. Von Smith is third.
Although missing this event last season, Atchison won six races and his first career Funny Car World Championship in 2003. He holds the No. 1 spot with a 5.853, 239.31. Mark Thomas and Chris Foster sit second and third.
Jones moved into the top Pro Stock spot in the second qualifying session with a 6.553, 212.06. Jones is another competitor looking to repeat his win here at San Antonio Raceway from 2003. Elijah Morton holds the No. 2 spot with Brian Gahm and John Montecalvo third and fourth. Montecalvo set the track speed record at 212.26 mph.
Qualifying resumes Saturday with final eliminations Sunday. The Amalie Oil Texas Nationals is the first event of the twelve-race 2004 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series.