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Fri, 10 Jun 2005, 12:03 PM

Grand Bend Motorplex Ready to Host the 6th Annual Mopar Canadian Nationals
Courtesy of IHRA Communications





IHRA returns to Grand Bend Motorplex with the first of three national events held in Canada. The 6th Annual Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol June 10-12 will see four-time consecutive Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican go for his fourth straight win of the 2005 season. Defending Torco Pro Modified World Champion Mike Janis will try and capitalize on the momentum he garnered at the ACDelco Nationals presented by the Richmond Times Dispatch. Two-time defending Funny Car World Champion Rob Atchison looks to put some distance between himself and friendly rival Mark Thomas. Steve Spiess and the rest of Torco Pro Stock class look to make things a little clearer.

In Top Fuel, Millican from Drummonds, Tenn., is going for his fourth straight win in the 2005 season. Competition looks to be tight, as Doug Foley (Sewell, N.J.) and Rick Cooper (Boise, Idaho) look to gang up on the rest of the field. The 6th Annual Mopar Canadian Nationals will also see fan favorite Todd Paton, from Bristol, Tenn., try and break Millican's strong hold on the Top Fuel points chase.

In Torco Pro Modified, Mike Janis, from Lancaster, N.Y., looks like he has figured out the problems that kept him out of the running for wins in the first two events. Janis took home the win at the ACDelco Nationals presented by the Richmond Times Dispatch when Barrie, Ont., native Al Billes could not answer the call in the final. Both drivers are looking to see which Dodge Stratus will occupy the winner's circle at Grand Bend.

In Funny Car, London Ont., resident Rob Atchison will look to add another win to his resume close to his home turf. Atchison holds a 48 point lead over Louisville, Ohio's Mark Thomas in the chase for the title. But never count out Terry McMillen, from Elkhart, Ind. McMillen has made two finals in the 2005 season, and is looking to break through with his first career win.

In Torco Pro Stock, it seems to be almost anybody's game. With three different drivers taking home wins in the first three events, the title may go to the first driver that wins two. Steve Spiess, from Manhattan, Ill., is the current points leader and holds the world ET record with a pass of 6.426. But look for Rick Jones, from Galesburg, Ill., and Robert Patrick, from Fredericksburg, Va., to make strong statements of their own. The ACDelco Nationals saw the first all Chevy Cobalt final in Torco Pro Stock, as Jones defeated Spiess.





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