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Millican Wins Top Fuel at IHRA Amalie Oil Texas Nationals
March 28, 2004
Contact: Travis Reynolds
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (March 28, 2004) - Clay Millican won the 3rd Annual Amalie
Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks and RVs Sunday at San
Antonio Raceway. Millican, of Drummonds, Tenn., ran the quarter-mile in
4.596-seconds at 311.49 mph during an uncontested final round.
Glen Kerunsky, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Pro Modified; Mark Thomas,
Louisville, Ohio, Funny Car; and John Montecalvo, Center Moriches, N.Y., Sunoco
Race Fuels Pro Stock were winners in their respective categories.
In round one of Top Fuel, Millican defeated Rick Cooper with a 4.583 ET at
320.36 mph. Millican held the track records for both ET and speed, and with this
run, he reset both. Bruce Litton defeated Galveston's Mitch King in round one.
King was late off the tree, and Litton made a solid pass: 4.790, 297.48. Litton
went on to defeat Grant Flowers in round two, but after crossing the finish line
struck the wall. Litton was airlifted from the track and later released from the
"I'm fine. I've got a headache and concussion," said Litton, after
returning to the track. "They released me to race, and I wanted to come
back, but knew it wasn't possible.
"The bottom line is, the lord was with me today. It was a horrendous
crash, and I feel very fortunate. I hardly have a scratch on me."
After Litton's accident, the semifinal round between Millican and Todd Paton
became the final round. Millican beat Paton off the line, both drivers lost
traction at half track, but Millican's recovery was more successful and he
crossed the finish at 5.799-seconds. Millican came back and laid down a good run
for the San Antonio fans.
"It's a weird way to win a race," said Millican. "Sitting in
the water box and seeing Bruce crash like that, it was a strange feeling. We've
beaten each other up all over the country, we've raced each other so much. It
was tough. But you have to go out there and hope it doesn't happen to you.
"I got the word as I was getting in the car that Bruce was on his way
back and I knew the grandstands were full here in Texas and decided to step on
the pedal and put on a good show."
In Pro Modified, Kerunsky, who entered the day qualified No. 16, took out No.
1 qualifier Zach Barklage in round one with a 6.328, 223.99. He then beat Mitch
Stott, defending Pro Modified world champion, with a better reaction time and
6.286 ET. He advanced to the semifinals to face Steve Vick and defeated Vick
with a 6.265. He met Harold Martin in the final round, taking the race with a
"Coming from 16 and beating these guys today was just awesome,"
said Kerunsky. "Last year we did well in IHRA, a few semifinals, and we
thought we were doing really good. Today we think we're doing fantastic. It's
great to get a win under our belt with IHRA."
Martin began the weekend hitting the wall Friday night, but came back
Saturday and held the No. 1 qualifying spot for one round. He entered Sunday
qualified second and defeated Pat Musi in round one with a 6.690, 208.49. Martin
then faced former Pro Modified world champion Shannon Jenkins. In a rare move,
Jenkins left early and lost the race with a red light. Martin advanced to the
final round after Rick Distefano could not make the semifinal round.
Funny Car winner Thomas met John Sullivan in round one. Thomas shook the
tires but recovered to defeat Sullivan with a 5.850, 240.00. His round two
opponent was Ronnie Midyette. Midyette deep staged, but reacted too quickly and
lost with a red light. Thomas blew off the blower belt, but snuck away with the
win and advanced to the finals against defending world champion Rob Atchison.
Thomas defeated Atchison with a 5.879,239.40, with the difference coming from
Thomas' better reaction time.
"It feels great to win the opening race of the season," said
Thomas. "Rob was running fast and we were running close all weekend. To win
on a hole-shot is a really good feeling. The car is running great and when I can
cut a light I know I'm on my game plan. I'm ready to race and this is what we
Atchison took a free pass in round one as Chris Foster couldn't make the
call. The defending world champion made a good pass with a 5.861, 238.85. In
round two, Atchison defeated Terry McMillen. McMillen had the better reaction
time, but Atchison ran a 5.849 ET for the win and advanced to the final round.
Sunoco Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier Montecalvo met Bert Jackson in round one.
Jackson had the starting line advantage and Montecalvo came close to the wall.
He quickly recovered and drove around Jackson with a 6.580, 213.03. In round two
he faced Frank Gugliotta. It was Montecalvo all the way with a 6.559. Brian Gahm,
defending world champion, was waiting for Montecalvo in the third round. But
again it was Montecalvo with the starting line advantage and laying down his
third consecutive 213 mph pass of the day. He took out John Nobile in the final
round. Montecalvo used a starting line advantage to win, as both drivers ran 213
mph, and Nobile actually covering the quarter-mile in less time.
"This is just a tremendous way to start the year," said Montecalvo.
"It really builds momentum and morale with the team. This is the first race
we have Jeff (former Pro Stock competitor) and Cindy Dobbins on board and my
guys who have been with me for a while, we've just gelled together like you
"I think you'll see this Chevy in the winner's circle quite a few times
Nobile began the day qualified third and defeated Carl Baker in round one.
Baker had a huge advantage at the starting line, but Nobile ran him down to take
the win. He then defeated Pete Berner in round two and met Elijah Morton in
round three. Nobile again trailed at the start, but caught Morton and ran around
him to advance to the final round against Montecalvo.
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MARION, Texas -- Monday's final results from the Third annual Amalie Oil
Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks & RVs and the San Antonio
Express-News at San Antonio Raceway. The $1.1 million race is the first of 12 in
the 2004 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel -- Clay Millican, 4.596 seconds, 311.49 mph def. Bruce Litton,
Pro Modified -- Glen Kerunsky, Chevy Bel Air, 6.275, 218.94 def. Harold
Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.110, 146.85.
Funny Car -- Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.897, 239.40 def. Rob Atchison,
Pontiac Firebird, 5.870, 238.85.
Pro Stock -- John Montecalvo, Chevy Cavalier, 6.566, 213.40 def. John Nobile,
Ford Escort, 6.542, 213.13.
Top Stock -- Vance Cummins, Dodge Dart, 16.786, 77.83 def. Danny Byrd, Chevy
Top Sportsman -- Ricky Adkins, Chevy Camaro, 7.559, 172.43 def. Darrell
Froboese, Ford Thunderbird, 7.726, 176.17.
Top Dragster -- Daniel Fjeldahl, 12.337, 73.34 def. Gary Williams, foul.
Quick Rod -- Ron Folk, Dragster, 8.894, 173.99 def. Damon Dabbs, Dragster,
Super Rod -- Michael Pennington, Ford Roadster, 9.919, 157.82 def. Mike
Carlson, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 9.912, 152.69.
Hot Rod -- Bill Levatino Jr., Chevy Camaro, 10.885, 138.09 def. John
Yamaguchi, Chevy Nova, 10.841, 131.09.
Stock -- Nick Folk, Chevy Camaro, 11.070, 115.46 def. Bill McClister, Ford
Mustang, 11.271, 117.61.
Super Stock -- Monty Bogan Jr, Chevy Camaro, 9.196, 151.80 def. Michael
Lyons, Ford Probe, 8.756, 156.57.
ET Box -- Tim Lee, Buick Regal, 11.716, 109.32 def. Scott Ball, Chevy Bel
Air, 10.795, 114.95.
ET No Box -- Roger Grant, Chevy Nova, 12.399, 107.44 def. Russell Clawson,
Chevy Camaro, 10.481, 128.09.
ET Bracket -- Tim Lee, Buick Regal, 11.699, 114.36 def. Roger Grant, Chevy
Nova, 12.392, 107.61.
MARION, Texas -- Final round-by-round results from the Third annual Amalie
Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars, Trucks & RVs and the San
Antonio Express-News at San Antonio Raceway, the first of 12 events in the 2004
Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series - TOP FUEL:
ROUND ONE -- Todd Paton, 5.003, 253.23 def. Tim Cullinan, 5.079, 248.25;
Bruce Litton, 4.790, 297.48 def. Mitch King, 6.195, 136.69; Grant Flowers,
5.145, 271.52 def. Mark Kinsella, broke; Clay Millican, 4.583, 320.36 def. Rick
Cooper, 12.646, 78.32; SEMIFINALS -- Litton, 4.817, 302.69 def. Flowers, 5.487,
193.18; Millican, 5.799, 247.93 def. Paton, 5.977, 205.51; FINAL -- Millican,
4.596, 311.49 def. Litton, broke.
ROUND ONE -- Mitch Stott, Chevy Corvette, 6.292, 225.97 def. Von Smith, Ford
Mustang, 15.687, 52.13; Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, 6.393, 224.32 def. Mike
Janis, Corvette, 6.557, 220.94; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.293, 224.02 def.
Frankie Taylor, Corvette, 6.280, 227.00; Steve Vick, Camaro, 6.287, 224.10 def.
Al Billes, Corvette, 8.792, 104.66; Rick Distefano, Corvette, 6.300, 225.75 def.
Thomas Patterson, Willys, 6.529, 212.43; Glen Kerunsky, Chevy Bel Air, 6.328,
223.99 def. Zach Barklage, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.263, 216.51; Harold Martin, Grand
Am, 6.690, 208.49 def. Pat Musi, Bel Air, 8.025, 120.92; Scotty Cannon,
Studebaker, 6.235, 227.50 def. Dennis Radford, Dodge Viper, 6.288, 223.88;
QUARTERFINALS -- Martin, 6.300, 220.91 def. Jenkins, foul; Distefano, 6.236,
210.08 def. Castellana, 6.318, 223.36; Kerunsky, 6.286, 224.51 def. M. Stott,
6.321, 226.09; Vick, 6.479, 221.56 def. Cannon, 6.868, 179.64; SEMIFINALS --
Kerunsky, 6.265, 225.07 def. Vick, 7.159, 146.34; Martin, 8.072, 130.85 def.
Distefano, broke; FINAL -- Kerunsky, 6.275, 218.94 def. Martin, 7.110, 146.85.
ROUND ONE -- Rob Atchison, Pontiac Firebird, 5.861, 238.85 was unopposed;
Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.850, 240.00 def. John Sullivan, Pontiac Firehawk,
6.109, 227.57; Ronnie Midyette, Chevy Camaro, 5.935, 236.92 def. Ray Drew, Ford
Mustang, broke; Terry McMillen, Avenger, 5.992, 234.57 def. Chris Foster,
Avenger, foul; SEMIFINALS -- Atchison, 5.849, 239.14 def. McMillen, 8.731,
93.53; Thomas, 8.131, 110.15 def. Midyette, foul; FINAL -- Thomas, 5.897, 239.40
def. Atchison, 5.870, 238.85.
ROUND ONE -- Frank Gugliotta, Ford Escort, 6.611, 212.06 def. John Bartunek,
Chevy Cavalier, foul; Tony Gillig, Ford Mustang, 6.706, 210.83 def. Charlie
Peppers, Mustang, 8.872, 128.30; Pete Berner, Mustang, 6.575, 209.14 def. Steve
Spiess, Cavalier, 24.006, 30.53; Brian Gahm, Mustang, 6.571, 212.39 def. Mike
Bell, Ford ZX2, 6.882, 163.37; Rick Jones, Dodge Stratus, 6.565, 211.83 def.
Robert Patrick, Escort, 6.683, 210.90; John Nobile, Escort, 6.570, 213.40 def.
Carl Baker, Mercury Cougar, 6.651, 210.08; Elijah Morton, Mustang, 6.549, 212.46
def. Larry O'Brien, Stratus, foul; John Montecalvo, Cavalier, 6.580, 213.03 def.
Bert Jackson, Cavalier, 6.704, 207.37; QUARTERFINALS -- Montecalvo, 6.559,
213.33 def. Gugliotta, 11.268, 76.29; Nobile, 6.529, 213.47 def. Berner, 6.557,
211.53; Gahm, 6.581, 211.63 def. Jones, 6.575, 211.59; Morton, 6.599, 211.43
def. Gillig, 6.662, 210.05; SEMIFINALS -- Montecalvo, 6.551, 213.47 def. Gahm,
6.610, 208.33; Nobile, 6.545, 213.23 def. Morton, 6.605, 211.63; FINAL --
Montecalvo, 6.566, 213.40 def. Nobile, 6.542, 213.13.
MARION, Texas -- Point standings (top 10) for IHRA professional categories
following the Third annual Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira Cars,
Trucks & RVs and the San Antonio Express-News at San Antonio Raceway, the
first of 12 events in the 2004 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series -
1. Clay Millican, 131; 2. Bruce Litton, 104; 3. Todd Paton, 87; 4. Grant
Flowers, 85; 5. Mark Kinsella, 70; 6. Tim Cullinan, 68; 7. Mitch King, 66; 8.
Rick Cooper, 64; 9. (tie) Mike Bowers, 25; Gary Cooper, 25; Gene Davis, 25; Doug
Foley, 25; Dave Hirata, 25; Chris Karamesines, 25; Bobby Lagana Jr, 25.
1. Glen Kerunsky, 101; 2. Harold Martin, 95; 3. Rick Distefano, 74; 4. Steve
Vick, 64; 5. Scotty Cannon, 52; 6. Shannon Jenkins, 47; 7. Mike Castellana, 46;
8. Zach Barklage, 36; 9. (tie) Al Billes, 33; Mitch Stott, 33.
1. Mark Thomas, 95; 2. Rob Atchison, 76; 3. Ronnie Midyette, 54; 4. Terry
McMillen, 37; 5. Ray Drew, 31; 6. John Sullivan, 30; 7. Chris Foster, 18.
1. John Montecalvo, 116; 2. John Nobile, 94; 3. Elijah Morton, 75; 4. Brian
Gahm, 72; 5. Rick Jones, 53; 6. Pete Berner, 51; 7. Tony Gillig, 50; 8. Frank
Gugliotta, 49; 9. John Bartunek, 28; 10. Charlie Peppers, 27.
Results provided by the FastNews Network,
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