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McAmis and Millican Lead Qualifying At Rockingham

By FastNews Network

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) - Former series champion Tim McAmis of Hawk Point, Mo., led a quartet of Pro Modified record breakers Saturday in the conclusion of two days of qualifying for Sunday's 32nd annual IHRA Holley Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway.

McAmis, driving a replica 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, lowered the Rockingham track record to 6.114 seconds at 228.92 miles per hour in claiming the No. 1 qualifying position in one of the five featured pro categories.

Three other Pro Mod drivers broke the old track record of 6.205 seconds: Al Billes of Barrie, Ontario, Canada (6.143 seconds), Bob Rieger of Tampa, Fla. (6.145) and reigning Hooters IHRA Series Champion Mike Janis of Lancaster, N.Y. (6.147).

Ronnie Hood of Lenoir, N.C., got the final spot in the field at 6.328 seconds, making it the quickest 16-car field in Pro Modified history.

Top qualifiers in the other pro categories were Clay Millican of Drummonds, Tenn., at 4.861 seconds in Top Fuel; Doug Kirk at 6.537 seconds in Pro Stock; Steve Stordeur of Goshen, Ohio, at a track record 6.355 seconds in Nitro Harley and Dale Brandy of Sully, Iowa at 5.737 seconds in Funny Car.

In addition, Sunday's eliminations will crown champions in eight semi-pro categories.

Millican might have been on a record run in Top Fuel before the engine shed a supercharger drive belt at 1,000 feet, slowing the 6,000 horsepower hybrid from its usual 320 mile an hour pace to only 219.26 mph.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the 32nd annual Holley Spring Nationals presented by Advance Auto Parts at Rockingham Dragway, the first of 12 events in the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.

Top Fuel -- 1. Clay Millican, 4.861 seconds, 278.75 mph vs. 8. Grant Flowers, 8.048, 193.71; 2. Bruce Litton, 4.877, 281.60 vs. 7. Donald Reed, 7.055, 154.51; 3. Louie Allison, 5.158, 241.28 vs. 6. Roger Dean, 5.404, 214.11; 4. Jim Head, 5.296, 252.47 vs. 5. Paul Romine, 5.372, 193.46.

Pro Modified -- 1. Tim McAmis, Chevy Corvette, 6.114, 228.92 vs. 16. Ronnie Hood, Corvette, 6.328, 218.48; 2. Al Billes, Studebaker, 6.143, 227.15 vs. 15. Harold Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.325, 221.49; 3. Bob Rieger, Chevy Bel Air, 6.147, 223.32 vs. 14. Steve Salvadore, Corvette, 6.302, 220.12; 4. Mike Janis, Corvette, 6.149, 229.20 vs. 13. Rickie Smith, Dodge Viper, 6.289, 220.58; 5. Mitch Stott, Corvette, 6.225, 224.28 vs. 12. Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, 6.287, 221.38; 6. Troy Critchley, Corvette, 6.231, 222.80 vs. 11. John Russo, Pontiac Trans Am, 6.276, 220.91; 7. Mike Ashley, Studebaker, 6.234, 222.18 vs. 10. Alan Pittman, Willys, 6.273, 219.22; 8. Tommy Gray, Corvette, 6.240, 223.17 vs. 9. Chip King, Dodge Avenger, 6.243, 223.50.

Nitro Harley -- 1. Steve Stordeur, 6.355, 207.72 vs. 8. Mike Romine, 6.741, 201.64; 2. Ray Price, 6.455, 209.10 vs. 7. Mark Conner, 6.615, 206.99; 3. Jay Turner, 6.463, 210.28 vs. 6. Mark Cox, 6.586, 189.55; 4. Doug Vancil, 6.537, 211.00 vs. 5. Johnny Mancuso, 6.573, 209.46.

Funny Car -- 1. Dale Brand, Pontiac Firebird, 5.737, 240.98 vs. 16. Terry Munroe, Firebird, 6.212, 210.57; 2. Jimmy Rector, Chevy Camaro, 5.763, 242.23 vs. 15. Bill Naves, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 6.208, 227.65; 3. Laurie Cannister, Camaro, 5.835, 238.60 vs. 14. Dave Ray, Ford Mustang, 6.198, 222.47; 4. Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.853, 237.67 vs. 13. Billy Williams, Pontiac Trans Am, 6.156, 211.33; 5. John Vouros, Firebird, 5.857, 235.97 vs. 12. Mark Poyser, Mustang, 6.087, 228.65; 6. Rob Atchison, Firebird, 5.910, 234.70 vs. 11. Bobby Baucom, Trans Am, 6.068, 209.10; 7. Ronnie Midyette, Pontiac Trans Am, 5.910, 233.24 vs. 10. Terry McMillen, Avenger, 5.983, 231.91; 8. Paul Lee, Chevy Corvette, 5.958, 231.48 vs. 9. Bunny Burkett, Avenger, 5.978, 238.98.

Pro Stock -- 1. Doug Kirk, Chevy Cavalier, 6.537, 210.80 vs. 16. Jason Collins, Ford Probe, 6.640, 210.14; 2. Jerry Yeoman, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.553, 209.69 vs. 15. John Bartunek, Grand Am, 6.629, 207.59; 3. Carl Baker, Mercury Cougar, 6.555, 211.79 vs. 14. Tim Nabors, Cavalier, 6.628, 209.07; 4. Hank Hill, Ford Thunderbird, 6.567, 210.77 vs. 13. Steve Williford, Cavalier, 6.611, 208.36; 5. Ron Miller, Cavalier, 6.572, 208.84 vs. 12. Billy Huff, Cougar, 6.598, 208.97; 6. Chris Holbrook, Cougar, 6.572, 207.66 vs. 11. Elijah Morton, Ford Mustang, 6.594, 208.20; 7. Dwayne Rice, Grand Am, 6.577, 209.33 vs. 10. Brian Gahm, Mustang, 6.593, 209.52; 8. John Montecalvo, Cavalier, 6.582, 209.04 vs. 9. Jeff Dobbins, Probe, 6.593, 209.82.

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