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IHRA Kicks Off Season With Patrick's Record Setting Performance and Familiar Faces Dominating in San Antonio Robert Patrick sets Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock ET World Record; Clay Millican in Top Fuel and Rob Atchison in Funny Car pick up...

IHRA Kicks Off Season With Patrick's Record Setting Performance and Familiar Faces Dominating in San Antonio

Robert Patrick sets Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock ET World Record; Clay Millican in Top Fuel and Rob Atchison in Funny Car pick up where they left off in 2004

Even though Robert Patrick didn't make the final round in Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock, he served notice that this just may be his year. The Fredericksburg, Va. driver turned in a lap of 6.427 seconds during first-round qualifying to set a new IHRA ET World Record, backing it up with a lap of 6.459 seconds in the first round of eliminations at the Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks, and RVs and the San Antonio Express-News.

Clay Millican started off the 2005 season in familiar fashion, winning in Top Fuel. The Drummonds, Tenn., native claimed his 38th pro victory, besting Louie Allison with a lap of 4.700 seconds at 304.80 as Allison's car went into tire shake. Millican began his quest for a fifth consecutive IHRA Top Fuel World Championship by claiming his fourth straight season opening victory and third straight Amalie Oil Texas Nationals.

In Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified Ed Hoover overpowered the competition to take home his first win in two years. Hoover, from Gilbert, S.C., methodically took apart the competition by having the most consistent Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified car over the course of the weekend. Hoover ran laps of 6.288, 6.219, 6.162, and 6.218. Hoover beat Shannon Jenkins in the final.

In Funny Car Rob Atchison, the defending two-time World Champion, defeated Elkhart, Ind. native Terry McMillen in a hotly contested final. The ironic thing is that Atchison wouldn't have even made it into the final had not McMillen's crew, among others, helped him put a new engine into his 2002 Firebird. Atchison set the track records in both ET (5.735 seconds) and speed (243.77mph) over the course of the weekend.

In Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock Dan Seamon, from Bellevue, Ohio, beat Brian Gahm in the final. Seamon, the 1998 IHRA World Champion, beat Patrick in the second round of qualifying. Friday's qualifying saw runner-up Gahm turn in a blistering speed of 217.39 mph.

The IHRA Hooters Drag Racing Series continues April 22-24 with the IHRA Spring Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts and Castrol at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, N.C.

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Series Drag
Drivers Clay Millican , Robert Patrick , Louie Allison , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Terry McMillen