EDMONTON, Alberta --
Sun, 25 Jun 2006, 01:51 AM
Clay Millican Holds No. 1 Top Fuel Spot at Rocky Mountain Nationals
Courtesy of IHRA Communications
Photo copyright 2006 BME Photography
Arcadi, Cannon, Thomas and Gugliotta Also No. 1 In Their Categories
(June 24, 2006) - Clay Millican, the defending Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel World Champion, held onto his #1 spot after
final qualifying Saturday. Millican qualified with a 4.639, and his three passes of the weekend were the top three runs of the
"We went down the track three times and didn't shake. It's great to be able to do that because that's what we've been battling,"
said Millican. "I'd love to have three more just like that tomorrow.
"It's great to see the Werner car get consistent, because once (crew chief Mike) Kloeber figures out the car, it's usually good for
a long while."
Vinnie Arcadi (Lancaster, N.Y.), who came into the day #1 in the Noll Gas - Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car class, held onto
that position with Friday's 4.942/310.70.
"It's great to be #1. It's my first #1 qualifier in my life," said Arcadi. "The car is real stout; we've got a real race car.
Everyone is telling me I'm next to do it, so I'm excited. It feels like my crew chief Jay Lewis has a handle on the car, so I just
have to come and do my job.
"I'm sure looking forward to getting one of the Ironmen."
He'll face #5 qualifier and Edmonton, Alberta-resident Jason DuChene in round one Sunday. Terry Haddock (Lynwood, Wash.) qualified
second, followed by Jack Wyatt and David Benjamin. Mitch King (Galveston, Texas) sits on the #8 bump spot.
In Knoll Gas - Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified, Scott Cannon took the #1 spot during the final qualifying session, while re-setting
both the track ET and speed records with a 6.119/235.84. Cannon is followed by Calgary, Alberta's Rick Distefano and Jim Halsey, the
2005 event winner. Burton Auxier holds the bump spot with a 6.242.
"We were going for #1," said Cannon. "The way we've been running, we're just happy to qualify. Tomorrow will be tough, it's not like
there's a slow car in this field"
Current Alcohol Funny Car points leader Mark Thomas (Louisville, Ohio) set his #1 qualifying time Friday with a 5.855 ET, and that
was good enough to take him into Sunday in the top spot. Defending World Champion Rob Atchison (London, Ontario), who entered today
qualified third, used a 5.883-second run to jump into second. Kevin Therres, of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, sits on the bump-spot with a
"This is just a great way to head into tomorrow," said Thomas. "The people here are awesome, the track is awesome. That run
yesterday put a little pressure on Rob (Atchison) and the rest of the field, but tomorrow will be a battle."
The top qualifier in Knoll Gas - Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock remained the same from Friday with Frank Gugliotta (Mt. Airy, Md.) and
Robert Patrick (Fredricksburg, Va.) maintaining #1 and #2 to enter eliminations. Pete Berner (Crete, Ill.) sits in the third spot,
followed by current points leader Tony Gillig (Lake Bluff, Ill.).
"We haven't had problems qualifying all year, but we need to do good on Sunday," said Gugliotta. "The car's ready.I just have to be
ready to drive the thing."
The CARS RV & Marine & Motorsports Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Torco Race Fuels will continue Sunday morning at Castrol
Raceway with professional elimination rounds beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 4:15 p.m.
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