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Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series Heads to Virginia Motorsports Park NORWALK, Ohio (May 24, 2004) - The Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series heads to Virginia Motorsports Park May 28 - 30 for the 4th annual ACDelco Nationals presented by the Richmond...

Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series Heads to Virginia Motorsports Park

NORWALK, Ohio (May 24, 2004) - The Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series heads to Virginia Motorsports Park May 28 - 30 for the 4th annual ACDelco Nationals presented by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the third event on the 2004 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series. Headlining the event are IHRA's four professional classes, including Top Fuel, Pro Modified, Funny Car and Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock.

In Top Fuel, everyone will be taking aim at three-time reigning world champion Clay Millican (photo attached) driving the Werner dragster. He's won the first two events of the season, and is on pace to defend his championship title. Lucas Oil-sponsored Bruce Litton finds himself in a familiar situation trailing Millican in second place, followed by Tim Cullinan and newcomer Rick Cooper. A new look to the Top Fuel category this season is the presence of the Injected Nitro Dragsters. Although these competitors have yet to qualify for an event, the jury is still out as to whether they can ever make a serious challenge.

Pro Modified competition has many new faces this season. While defending world champion Mitch Stott suffered a second round loss at the first race and failed to qualify at the second, the class is led by Glen Kerunsky and Rick Distefano, both residents of Calgary, Canada. Holding down third place is former champion Mike Janis, followed by another Canadian competitor Al Billes, then ACDelco-sponsored Harold Martin. Six-time former world champion Scotty Cannon is in sixth place.

Coming into 2004, it was questionable as to who would challenge Funny Car world champion Rob Atchison. The London, Ontario-native dominated the class in 2003, winning six events and basically owning the quickest car in the field. But he was met this year by five-time world champion and Canton, Ohio-native Mark Thomas. Thomas, driving his Ethanol Performs Funny Car, took out Atchison in the first race of the season and then went on to win the second race as well. While Thomas currently has the points lead, he is trailed by Virginia Beach's Ronnie Midyette, Atchison, Chris Foster and Terry McMillen.

Sunoco Pro Stock competition, after being the tightest class in 2003, has been dominated by two competitors: John Montecalvo and John Nobile. The New Yorkers have faced off in the final round of the two races this season, with Montecalvo taking both. Trailing is Elijah Morton, Pete Berner and Rick Jones. Defending world champion Brian Gahm, after failing to qualify at the second race of the season, is in seventh place.

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Series Drag
Drivers Mike Janis , Mark Thomas , Clay Millican , Bruce Litton , John Nobile , Scotty Cannon , John Montecalvo , Harold Martin , Glen Kerunsky , Tim Richmond , Terry McMillen