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Millican Once Again Leads Top Fuel Into Eliminations; Rob Mansfield Makes Quickest and Fastest Pro Stock Run In History Clay Millican rebounded from a dismal opening qualifying session to pace the Top Fuel field heading into Sunday's final ...

Millican Once Again Leads Top Fuel Into Eliminations; Rob Mansfield Makes Quickest and Fastest Pro Stock Run In History

Clay Millican rebounded from a dismal opening qualifying session to pace the Top Fuel field heading into Sunday's final eliminations. Rick DiStefano (Pro Modified), Rob Atchison (Funny Car) and Rob Mansfield (Sunoco Pro Stock) were also professional low qualifiers at the 9th annual Amalie Oil North American Nationals in Epping, NH.

Millican, of Drummonds, Tenn., drove the Werner Enterprises Top Fuel dragster to the quickest elapsed time on Saturday evening's final qualifying session. Millican ran a 4.682, 314.28 to pace the eight-car field.

Bobby Lagana, Jr., was the second quickest with a personal best of 4.727, 309.34.

Todd Paton rounded out the Top Fuel field with a 4.876, 304.19.

DiStefano, of Calgary, Alberta, maintained his top spot in Pro Modified on the strength of his Friday run of 6.146, 230.80. On his Saturday night attempt, he pulled within .001 with a 6.147.

Mike Castellana missed the quickest nitrous run in history by .003 seconds as he posted a mark of 6.156, 227.92 to leapfrog over teammate Shannon Jenkins for the second spot. Jenkins had posted a 6.173, 227.65.

Eddie Ware anchored the Pro Modified field with a 6.322.

Atchison, of London, Ontario, overtook point rival Mark Thomas in the final session for the top spot in Funny Car. The Erickson-sponsored driver recorded a 5.77, 239.70 to eclipse Thomas' 5.802, which came just two pairs earlier.

Toronto winner Jim Sickles was third with the Meyer's RV-sponsored entry. He produced a 5.884, 239.23.

Brian Harvanek was the 16th qualifier in Funny Car with a 7.126, 219.69.

Mansfield, of Margate, Fla., was on his game as he nailed down the Sunoco Pro Stock pole position for the second IHRA Hooters Drag Racing Series event in a row. Wilson Manifolds-sponsored Mansfield recorded the quickest and fastest run ever at a national event as he posted a 6.425, 216.20. That run also set a speed record.

To secure the run as a world record, Mansfield must run within one percent during Sunday's final eliminations.

Defending World Champion Brian Gahm did back up the world record with a 6.442, 215.07. On Friday, he ran a 6.479 to fulfill the required backup.

Larry O'Brien sat on the Pro Stock bubble with a 6.544, 212.06.

Final eliminations will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

-ihra-

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Series Drag
Drivers Mark Thomas , Clay Millican , Todd Paton , Shannon Jenkins , Jim Sickles