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Clay Millican Top Qualifier at
IHRA Sunoco World Nationals

John Montecalvo Wins Sunoco Pro Stock Shootout

By IHRA Communications

Clay Millican rockets to his final run Saturday night to capture the top spot. Photo by Vic Cooke
Clay Millican rockets to his final run Saturday night to capture the top spot.
Photo by Vic Cooke

NORWALK, Ohio. - Clay Millican was the quickest Top Fuel qualifier at the IHRA Sunoco World Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park. Millican, Drummonds, Tenn., ran 4.766 seconds, 316.01 mph.

Other number one professional qualifiers include Mike Janis, Lancaster, N.Y., in Pro Modified; Doug Vancil, Albuquerque, N.M., in Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson; Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, in Funny Car; and Chris Holbrook, Livonia, Mich., in Sunoco Pro Stock.

John Montecalvo and Doug Kirk met up in a rare all-GM final in the Sunoco Shootout. Photo by Vic Cooke
John Montecalvo and Doug Kirk met up in a rare all-GM final in the Sunoco Shootout.
Photo by Vic Cooke

John Montecalvo won the $50,000 Sunoco Pro Stock Shootout by defeating Doug Kirk.

Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at Noon. The Sunoco World Nationals is the ninth stop on the twelve-race Hooters IHRA Racing Series.

NORWALK, Ohio -- First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the 25th annual Sunoco World Nationals presented by Ethanol at Norwalk Raceway Park, the ninth of 12 events in the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.

Paul Romine grabbed the number two spot in Top Fuel qualifying. Photo by Vic Cooke
Paul Romine grabbed the number two spot in Top Fuel qualifying. Photo by Vic Cooke

Top Fuel -- 1. Clay Millican, 4.766 seconds, 316.52 mph vs. 8. Roger Dean, 5.279, 276.46; 2. Paul Romine, 4.792, 280.31 vs. 7. Bobby Lagana Jr, 5.221, 254.95; 3. Bruce Litton, 4.835, 300.06 vs. 6. Jack Ostrander, 5.038, 277.66; 4. Josh Starcher, 4.863, 292.14 vs. 5. Tim Cullinan, 5.010, 305.08.

Billy Harper put his Dodge Viper into the number 5 spot in a tough Pro Mod field. Photo by Vic Cooke
Billy Harper put his Dodge Viper into the number 5 spot in a tough Pro Mod field.
Photo by Vic Cooke

Pro Modified -- 1. Mike Janis, Chevy Corvette, 6.269, 225.60 vs. 16. Tim McAmis, Corvette, 6.338, 225.75; 2. Thomas Patterson, Corvette, 6.277, 224.73 vs. 15. Pat Moore, Chevy Bel Air, 6.335, 220.15; 3. Quain Stott, Corvette, 6.290, 226.16 vs. 14. Steve Vick, Chevy Camaro, 6.334, 221.67; 4. Ed Hoover, Corvette, 6.290, 222.47 vs. 13. Al Billes, Studebaker, 6.333, 222.69; 5. Billy Harper, Dodge Viper, 6.293, 224.40 vs. 12. Troy Critchley, Corvette, 6.330, 221.02; 6. Mitch Stott, Corvette, 6.296, 224.62 vs. 11. Alan Pittman, Willys, 6.327, 220.66; 7. Paul Athey, Corvette, 6.303, 223.69 vs. 10. Carl Spiering, Bel Air, 6.326, 222.91; 8. Harold Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.305, 224.10 vs. 9. Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 6.306, 221.67.

Doug Vancil took Steve Stordeur's one day old record with an awesome 6.33 blast. Photo by Vic Cooke
Doug Vancil took Steve Stordeur's one day old record with an awesome 6.33 blast.
Photo by Vic Cooke

Nitro Harley -- 1. Doug Vancil, 6.331, 210.87 vs. 8. Ray Price, 6.793, 184.45; 2. Steve Stordeur, 6.377, 221.31 vs. 7. Jack Romine, 6.690, 194.38; 3. Johnny Mancuso, 6.423, 214.86 vs. 6. Mark Conner, 6.654, 209.39; 4. Mark Cox, 6.522, 198.82 vs. 5. Mike Romine, 6.563, 191.57.

Fred Tigges is starting to hit big numbers again, qualified number two. Photo by Vic Cooke
Fred Tigges is starting to hit big numbers again, qualified number two. Photo by Vic Cooke

Funny Car -- 1. Dale Brand, Pontiac Firebird, 5.799, 241.97 vs. 16. Mark Poyser, Ford Mustang, 6.089, 228.73; 2. Fred Tigges, Chevy Camaro, 5.861, 238.85 vs. 15. Bunny Burkett, Dodge Avenger, 6.081, 233.20; 3. Laurie Cannister, Camaro, 5.867, 239.95 vs. 14. Ronnie Midyette, Camaro, 6.022, 231.04; 4. Mark Thomas, Avenger, 5.889, 237.30 vs. 13. Terry McMillen, Avenger, 6.018, 232.71; 5. Mike Comella, Avenger, 5.908, 237.13 vs. 12. Terry Munroe, Firebird, 6.015, 232.31; 6. Jimmy Rector, Camaro, 5.910, 238.30 vs. 11. Joe Comella, Firebird, 6.009, 234.04; 7. Rob Atchison, Firebird, 5.910, 234.00 vs. 10. Chris Foster, Avenger, 6.006, 235.35; 8. Tony Bogolo, Oldsmobile Achieva, 5.971, 238.64 vs. 9. John Vouros, Firebird, 6.003, 233.96.

Billy Huff is the new driver of the quickest Pro Stock car in the world, qualified 8th. Photo by Vic Cooke
Billy Huff is the new driver of the quickest Pro Stock car in the world, qualified 8th.
Photo by Vic Cooke

Pro Stock -- 1. Chris Holbrook, Mercury Cougar, 6.629, 209.95 vs. 16. Elijah Morton, Ford Mustang, 6.710, 207.21; 2. John Konigshofer, Cougar, 6.650, 209.33 vs. 15. Dwayne Rice, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.709, 206.42; 3. Brian Gahm, Mustang, 6.663, 208.36 vs. 14. Rick Jones, Dodge Neon R/T, 6.704, 207.69; 4. John Montecalvo, Chevy Cavalier, 6.664, 207.94 vs. 13. John Bartunek, Grand Am, 6.703, 206.64; 5. Jeff Dobbins, Ford Probe, 6.669, 209.17 vs. 12. Doug Kirk, Cavalier, 6.698, 207.69; 6. Carl Baker, Cougar, 6.674, 207.82 vs. 11. Pete Berner, Mustang, 6.697, 208.26; 7. Tim Nabors, Cavalier, 6.679, 206.92 vs. 10. Steve Williford, Cavalier, 6.694, 207.72; 8. Billy Huff, Cougar, 6.688, 208.26 vs. 9. Gary Henry, Cavalier, 6.690, 206.42.

John Montecalvo defeated Carl Baker to advance to the finals, where he defeated Doug Kirk. Photo by Vic Cooke
John Montecalvo defeated Carl Baker to advance to the finals, where he defeated Doug Kirk.
Photo by Vic Cooke

NORWALK, Ohio -- Saturday's final results from the Sunoco Pro Stock Shootout at Norwalk Raceway Park. The $50,000 race is a special race within a race at the 25th annual Sunoco World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs:

SUNOCO PRO STOCK SHOOTOUT:

ROUND ONE -- Doug Kirk, Chevy Cavalier, 6.698, 207.43 def. Tim Nabors, Cavalier, 6.741, 206.29; Carl Baker, Mercury Cougar, 6.698, 207.46 def. Dwayne Rice, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.712, 204.94; Elijah Morton, Ford Mustang, 6.710, 207.21 def. Brian Gahm, Mustang, 6.678, 207.69; John Montecalvo, Cavalier, 6.664, 207.59 def. Chris Holbrook, Mercury Cougar, 6.753, 208.46

Doug Kirk defeated Elijah Morton for the right to face Montecalvo in the final. Photo by Vic Cooke
Doug Kirk defeated Elijah Morton for the right to face Montecalvo in the final.
Photo by Vic Cooke

SEMIFINALS -- Kirk, 6.699, 207.69 def. Morton, 7.947, 127.39; Montecalvo, 6.687, 207.94 def. Baker, 7.455, 150.46;

FINAL -- Montecalvo, 6.671, 207.66 def. Kirk, 6.705, 207.05.

IHRA Communications

 

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