San Antonio Saturday qualifying report

19-Year-Old Barklage Tops in Pro Modified at Amalie Oil Texas Nationals Millican No. 1 in Top Fuel SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 27, 2004) - Zach Barklage, 19, from Lake Ozark, Mo., took the top Pro Modified qualifying spot Saturday at the 3rd...

19-Year-Old Barklage Tops in Pro Modified at Amalie Oil Texas Nationals
Millican No. 1 in Top Fuel

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 27, 2004) - Zach Barklage, 19, from Lake Ozark, Mo., took the top Pro Modified qualifying spot Saturday at the 3rd Annual Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs at San Antonio Raceway. Defending Top Fuel world champion Clay Millican, from Drummonds, Tenn., maintained his top ranking from Friday, running a 4.631 second elapsed time at 309.77 mph.

Other top qualifiers include Rob Atchison, London, Ontario, Canada (Funny Car); and John Montecalvo, Center Moriches, N.Y. (Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock).

During the final pass of the evening, Millican laid down the 4.631. He is the defending champion of this event and has the top speed and low elapsed time for the weekend. Humble, Texas-native Mark Kinsella qualified second, followed by Bruce Litton and Tim Cullinan.

Barklage jumped into the first number 1 qualifying spot of his career during the final Pro Modified session with a 6.208 second, 229.16 mph run. The 19-year-old driver reset the track speed record with that run. Harold Martin, who nearly ended his weekend by hitting the wall Friday, is qualified second, followed by Rick DiStefano, Al Billes and Scotty Cannon.

Defending Funny Car champion Atchison kept his hold on the field, remaining number 1 qualifier while breaking the track elapsed time record with a 5.814. Mark Thomas, a five-time world champion, qualified second, with Ronnie Midyette and Chris Foster third and fourth.

Montecalvo ended Friday in the fourth spot but moved to number 1 during Saturday's second qualifying session with his 6.533 second, 213.57 mph effort, resetting both ends of the track Pro Stock record. Elijah Morton, John Nobile and Rick Jones round out second through fourth, with the bump spot set at 6.643 by Bert Jackson. Jason Collins and Doug Kirk, both of whom won events during the 2003 season, did not qualify.

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Series Drag
Drivers Mark Thomas , Bruce Litton , John Nobile , Scotty Cannon , Mark Kinsella , Al Billes , Zach Barklage , Harold Martin , Rick DiStefano , Tim Cullinan