Manzo wins at Raceway Park for fifth divisional title of the season

9/7/2008


DIVISION 1
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Englishtown, N.J., Sept. 5-7 2008 

Results will be posted as soon as they are available. For detailed results, go to Drag Race Central


Sunday

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. Racers in NHRA's Northeast division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series completed the sixth of seven races on the calendar when Raceway Park hosted its 42nd annual division race this weekend.  Local favorite Frank Manzo of Morganville scored the win in Top Alcohol Funny Car while Arthur Gallant of Boxboro, Mass., walked away with the win in Top Alcohol Dragster. 

Manzo, the event's No. 2 qualifier with a 5.620-second, 260.11 mph run, made his best run of the day in the semi's where he laid down a 5.559-second, 261.57 mph pass against Paul Gill of Brockton, Mass.  Gill was the No. 6 qualifier and ran 5.705 seconds at 252.14 mph against Manzo. The final was uneventful as Manzo's opponent, No. 8 qualifier Wayne Morris of Lincoln Univ., Pa., could not get his car started. However, despite having a bye to the winner's circle, Manzo did not disappoint, making a 5.559-second 261.57 mph pass in the final.  The win gives Manzo five wins in seven races.

Gallant also went into eliminations as the No. 2 qualifier.  He blistered the track in qualifying with a 5.372-second, 272.34 mph run. In the final round, Gallant faced off against Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont.  Gallant covered the quarter-mile in 5.524 seconds at 270.81 mph which was just enough to cover Perry's 5.584-second, 235.68 mph pass.

Other local drivers joined Manzo in the winner's circle as Freehold resident Frank Aragon beat David Eaton of Merritt Island, Fla., in Comp Eliminator and Ken Kopecky of Edison drove his '71 Demon to the win in Stock Eliminator over Lee Zane, Perry Hall, Md.  In Super Comp, Scott Albrecht of Sewaren grabbed the win over Jeff Szilagyi, Hellerton, Pa., and Brick resident Martin Ganjoin Jr. took the win in Super Street, beating Donald Harrell, Lansdale, Pa.

In Super Stock, Gary Richard, Bay Shore, N.Y., defeated Billy Leber, Tonawanda, N.Y., in the final.  And Super Gas racer Mike Sawyer, Acton, Mass., got the win when he beat Frank Altilio of Ocoee, Fla.

Northeast Division racers head to Atco Raceway in Atco, N.J., for the final NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event on the schedule, Oct. 3-5.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Raceway Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Round 1
8) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.664, 249.21 def.
1) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, foul

2) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.406, 258.71 def.
7) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 16.701, 31.09

3) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.366, 266.27 def.
6) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 68.056, 146.89

4) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.442, 265.97 def.
5) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.465, 270.92

Semifinals
Perry, 5.453, 257.73 def. Bourke, 5.730, 259.71
Gallant, 5.493, 272.23 def. Kosky, 5.852, 186.25

Final
Gallant, 5.524, 270.81 def. Perry, 5.584, 235.68

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Round 1
4) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.703, 255.82 def.
5) Dan Roman, Wolcott, Conn., '97 Firebird, 8.573, 102.42

6) Paul Gill, Brockton, Mass., '08 Mustang, 5.751, 251.95 def.
3) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 10.059, 79.21

2) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '05 Monte Carlo, 36.814, 37.52 def.
7) Lou Sgro, Slatington, Pa., '05 Monte Carlo, broke

8) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ., Pa., '06 Stratus, 6.041, 241.71 def.
1) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '05 Monte Carlo, 11.517, 69.97

Semifinals
Morris, 5.840, 247.57 def. White, 7.055, 136.25
Manzo, 5.559, 261.57 def. Gill, 5.705, 252.14

Final
Manzo, 5.587, 260.56 def. Morris, broke

COMP ELIMINATOR
Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.275, 150.21 def.
David Eaton, Merritt Island, Fla., '32 Bantam, A/AP, 6.742, 181.59

SUPER STOCK
Gary Richard, Bay Shore, N.Y., '07 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.249, 138.37 def.
Billy Leber, Tonawanda, N.Y., '04 S-10, SS/TB, 13.161, 71.27

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Ken Kopecky, Edison, N.J., '71 Demon, E/SA, 10.992, 118.44 def.
Lee Zane, Perry Hall, Md., '98 Firebird, D/SA, 10.921, 116.47

SUPER COMP
Scott Albrecht, Sewaren, N.J., dragster, 8.900, 176.33 def.
Jeff Szilagyi, Hellerton, Pa., dragster, 8.906, 172.89

   SUPER GAS
Mike Sawyer, Acton, Mass., '03 Cavalier, 9.933, 153.07 def.
Frank Altilio, Ocoee, Fla., '01 Mustang, 9.879, 159.55.

SUPER STREET
Martin Ganjoin Jr., Brick, N.J., '69 Camaro, 10.889, 132.91 def.
Donald Harrell, Lansdale, Pa., '75 Vega, 10.942, 146.65


Saturday

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. Qualifying is complete at the Raceway Park's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event.  With the threat of rain looming, NHRA and track officials worked to all the qualifying in. Their efforts paid off with three out of the five qualifying classes getting all of their planned runs before rain washed out the day.  Racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny car were scheduled for two runs today but only got one. Officials plan to give them a second shot before eliminations on Sunday.  Boxboro, Mass., racer Arthur Gallant lead the charge in Top Alcohol Dragster while Mickey Ferro, Stamfield, Conn., set the pace in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Gallant, a former national champion, blistered the quarter-mile with a 5.372-second, 272.34 mph pass.  It was just enough to hold off Mike Kosky of Cuddy, Pa.  Kosky ran 5.393 seconds at 263.67 mph.

Ferro's 5.611-second run at 257.58 mph bested Top Alcohol Funny Car ace and local favorite Frank Manzo of Morganville.  Manzo made a 5.620-second, 260.11 mph pass.

In other qualifying classes, David Eaton, Merritt Island, Fla., maintained his top spot in Comp Eliminator as did Super Stock racer Gary Ewing of Bel Air, Md.  Steve Ficacci, East Hanover, N.J. superseded Steve Szupka of Willow Grove, Pa., as the No. 1 qualifier in Stock Eliminator.

Racing continues Sunday at Raceway Park and the action will include final eliminations.  Gates open at 8 a.m. and eliminations start at 10 a.m.  If time allows, racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have a final qualifying pass before starting eliminations. Otherwise, the current fields will stand.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Raceway Park are $20 Sunday.  Children 6 to 11 years old are $5 each day and kids 5 and under are admitted free.  For more information call the track, (732) 446-7800, or visit www.RacewayPark.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Raceway Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.372 seconds, 272.34 mph
2) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.393, 263.67
3) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.533, 256.21
4) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.568, 264.96
5) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 5.641, 243.99
6) Tom Pickett, Salem, N.H., 5.694, 251.16
7) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.738, 248.29
8) Bob Weickgenannt, Marriottsville, Va., 5.772, 208.91
Not Qualified
9) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.851, 224.32
10) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.877, 244.34
11) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 9.913, 82.20

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.611 seconds, 257.58 mph
2) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.620, 260.11
3) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.680, 253.33
4) Dan Roman, Wolcott, Conn., '97 Firebird, 5.721, 249.39
5) Lou Sgro, Slatington, Pa., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.748, 253.75
6) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.765, 247.57
7) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.822, 253.47
8) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 5.864, 245.14
Not Qualified
9) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ, Pa., '06 Stratus, 5.874, 242.80
10) Paul Gill, Brockton, Mass., '08 Mustang, 5.894, 239.36
11) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '08 Mustang, 5.941, 241.15
12) Eric Lourie, Terryville, Conn., '02 Camaro, 5.970, 247.79
13) John Fiorini, Dalton, Mass., '00 Avenger, 6.992, 236.75

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) David Eaton, Merritt Island, Fla., '32 Bantam, A/AP, 6.640 seconds, -0.650 (under index)
2) Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., dragster, D/ED, 7.350, -0.640
3) Michele Costa, Freehold, N.J., dragster, G/D, 9.033, -0.607
4) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 8.085, -0.605
5) Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., '06 GTO, D/AA, 7.677, -0.603
6) Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.292, -0.598
7) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., dragster, D/ED, 7.410, -0.580
8) Jake Crimmins, Farmingdale, N.J., '92 Achieva, AA/AM, 6.514, -0.556
9) Stephen Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., dragster, F/ED, 8.285, -0.545
10) Doug Doll Jr., Lititz, Pa., dragster, F/ED, 8.320, -0.510

SUPER STOCK
1) Gary Ewing, Bel Air, Md., '69 Camaro, SS/JA, 10.128 seconds, -1.172 (under index)
2) Joseph Franco III, N. Babylon, N.Y., '85 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.211, -1.139
3) Jeff Lawrence, Quogue, N.Y., '88 Mustang, GT/AA, 9.281, -1.119
4) Angelo Ditocco, Mahopac, N.Y., '98 Firebird, SS/IA, 9.892, -1.108
5) Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 9.896, -1.104
6) Jim Daniels, Bristol, Pa., '68 Dart, SS/AH, 8.647, -1.103
7) Vito Savino, Brewster, N.Y., '95 Grand Am, GT/HA, 10.253, -1.097
8) Bob Cupp, Alexandria, Va., '65 Chevelle, SS/KA, 10.474, -1.076
9) Gary Richard, Bay Shore, N.Y., '07 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.329, -1.071
10) Dave Ficacci, E Hanover, N.J., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.639, -1.061

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Steve Ficacci, East Hanover, N.J., '73 Camaro, G/S, 10.998 seconds, -1.202 (under index)
2) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.586, -1.164
3) Jeffrey Bardekoff, Commack, N.Y., '64 Fury, B/SA, 10.409, -1.141
4) David Barton, Robesonia, Pa., '65 Coronet, A/SA, 10.170, -1.130
5) Henry Kunz, Farmingdale, N.Y., '69 Nova, G/SA, 11.193, -1.107
6) Jack Matyas, Bethlehem, Pa., '04 GTO, E/SA, 10.900, -1.100
7) Barry Parker, Southwick, Mass., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.453, -1.097
8) Gary Parker, Westfield, Mass., '77 Camaro, H/SA, 11.379, -1.071
9) Dave Casey, Hampden, Mass., '86 Camaro, G/S, 11.142, -1.058
10) Frank Bialas, Linden, N.J., '70 GTX, C/SA, 10.653, -1.047


Friday

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. On the opening day of qualifying at the 42nd Annual NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Raceway Park, Comp Eliminator racer David Eaton of Merritt Island, Fla., set the pace behind the wheel of his '32 roadster.  The event, which will conclude on Sunday, features drivers in eight classes vying for late season point toward divisional and national championships.

Eaton made a 6.640-second pass to put him .650 seconds under his index.  No. 2 qualifier, Anthony Bertozzi of Ashland, Va., wheeled his dragster to a 7.350-second run putting him just off the pace at .640 under his index.  Freehold residents Michele Costa and Frank Aragona are the No. 3 and No. 6 qualifiers, respectively.

In Super Stock, Gary Ewing, Bel Air, Md., is the best qualifier. He drove his '69 Camaro to a 10.128-second run to put him just ahead of second-place qualifier Joseph Franco III in his '85 Camaro.

Steve Szupka is the No. 1 qualifier in Stock Eliminator.  The Willow Grove, Pa., racer drove his '85 Camaro to an 11.586-second pass.  Robesonia, Pa., resident David Barton and his '65 Cornet moved into the No. 2 spot.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Raceway Park and the action will include 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car.  Gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.  Final qualifying and time trials are slated to start Saturday at 10 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will qualify at 3 and 7 p.m.  On Sunday, eliminations start at 10 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Raceway Park are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday.  Children 6 to 11 years old are $5 each day and kids 5 and under are admitted free.  For more information call the track, (732) 446-7800, or visit www.RacewayPark.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Raceway Park:

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) David Eaton, Merritt Island, Fla., '32 Bantam, A/AP, 6.640 seconds, -0.650 (under index)
2) Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., dragster, D/ED, 7.350, -0.640
3) Michele Costa, Freehold, N.J., dragster, G/D, 9.033, -0.607
4) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 8.085, -0.605
5) Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., '06 GTO, D/AA, 7.677, -0.603
6) Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.292, -0.598
7) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., dragster, D/ED, 7.410, -0.580
8) Jake Crimmins, Farmingdale, N.J., '92 Achieva, AA/AM, 6.514, -0.556
9) Stephen Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., dragster, F/ED, 8.285, -0.545
10) Doug Doll Jr., Lititz, Pa., dragster, F/ED, 8.320, -0.510

SUPER STOCK
1) Gary Ewing, Bel Air, Md., '69 Camaro, SS/JA, 10.128 seconds, -1.172 (under index)
2) Joseph Franco III, N. Babylon, N.Y., '85 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.211, -1.139
3) Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 9.896, -1.104
4) Jim Daniels, Bristol, Pa., '68 Dart, SS/AH, 8.647, -1.103
5) Jeff Lawrence, Quogue, N.Y., '88 Mustang, GT/AA, 9.298, -1.102
6) Vito Savino, Brewster, N.Y., '95 Grand Am, GT/HA, 10.253, -1.097
7) Bob Cupp, Alexandria, Va., '65 Chevelle, SS/KA, 10.474, -1.076
8) Dave Ficacci, E Hanover, N.J., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.639, -1.061
9) Gary Richard, Bay Shore, N.Y., '07 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.346, -1.054
10) Howard Barsky, Langhorne, Pa., '57 Chevy, SS/NA, 11.410, -1.040

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.586 seconds, -1.164 (under index)
2) David Barton, Robesonia, Pa., '65 Coronet, A/SA, 10.170, -1.130
3) Henry Kunz, Farmingdale, N.Y., '69 Nova, G/SA, 11.193, -1.107
4) Jack Matyas, Bethlehem, Pa., '04 GTO, E/SA, 10.900, -1.100
5) Barry Parker, Southwick, Mass., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.453, -1.097
6) Gary Parker, Westfield, Mass., '77 Camaro, H/SA, 11.379, -1.071
7) Dave Casey, Hampden, Mass., '86 Camaro, G/S, 11.142, -1.058
8) Frank Bialas, Linden, N.J., '70 GTX, C/SA, 10.653, -1.047
9) Bill Belden, York, Pa., '75 Nova, I/S, 11.460, -1.040
10) James Perrone, Shirley, N.Y., '69 Nova, H/SA, 11.414, -1.036


Preview

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. NHRA Northeast division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors will be at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, September 5-7, for the sixth of seven races in the region.  Racers in eight categories, including 250 mph Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car, will run for late-season points leading to divisional and national championships. 

Gates at Raceway Park open at 7 a.m. each day.  Qualifying and time trials start Friday morning at 10 and continue Saturday at 10 a.m.  Racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will have two qualifying runs, at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday.  Eliminations start Sunday at 10 a.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Raceway Park are $15 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday.  Children 6 to 11 years old are $5 each day and kids 5 and under are admitted free.

For more information and directions to the track, call Raceway Park, (732) 446-7800, or visit www.RacewayPark.com.

NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES: Fact Sheet

WHAT: 42nd Annual NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, where drivers earn points leading to divisional and national championships.  Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  The event is the sixth of seven in Northeast Division competition. 

WHERE: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, N.J.  Take exit 9 off the New Jersey Turnpike to

 Route 18.  Go south to Englishtown exit, Route 527, and proceed to Pension Road.  Go left and Old Bridge Township Raceway Park is a quarter-mile on the left.

WHEN:  Friday through Sunday, September 5-7, 2008

SCHEDULE: Time trials and qualifying schedule for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series:

FRIDAY, Sept. 5 -- Gates open at 7 a.m.  Qualifying and time trials begin at 10 a.m. Comp Eliminator qualifying is scheduled at 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, Sept. 6 -- Gates open at 7 a.m.  Final qualifying and time trials are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.  Comp Eliminator qualifying is at noon and 2:30 p.m.  Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car qualifying sessions are scheduled at 3 and 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, Sept. 7 -- Gates open at 8 a.m.  Eliminations begin at 10 a.m.  Eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car begin at noon.

TICKETS: GENERAL ADMISSION/PIT PASS -- $15 Friday, $20 Saturday, $20 Sunday.  Children 6 to 11 years old are $5 each day.  Kids 5 and under are admitted free.  For more information please call Raceway Park,  (732) 446-7800 or visit www.RacewayPark.com.

PURSE: The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors will vie for cash and contingency awards of $232,300, as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $560,000.

2007 EVENT WINNERS: Troy Buff, Top Alcohol Dragster; Frank Manzo, Top Alcohol Funny Car; Steve Szupka, Comp Eliminator; Joe Santangelo, Super Stock; Bob Letellier, Stock Eliminator; Jack Supanek Jr., Super Comp; Dan Northrop, Super Gas; Gary Federico, Super Street

BONUS PROGRAMS:  
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES POINTS FUND -- a $561,000 point fund from Lucas Oil, which will be shared by 2008 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional champions and national champions.  Divisional awards include $8,500 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions; $3,000 to the champions in both Competition and Super Stock; $2,000 each to the champions in Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street.  The seven national champions will share a bonus of $135,000.

JEGS ALLSTARS: The best of the best from each of NHRA's seven divisions will compete for a share of the $100,000 point fund from Jegs High Performance.  The 2009 Jegs Allstars event will culminate a year-long points battle between drivers in each of NHRA's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series' eight classes.  The top points earner in each category will qualify to represent his/her division at the 2009 Jegs Allstars.  Points are based on in-division races only. 

The winning division's team will share $20,000 and individual awards include $7,000 each to the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car champions, $6,000 to champions in Comp Eliminator and Super Stock, and $4,500 to the Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street champions.  Runners-up in all categories will earn $2,000 apiece.  Each Allstars competitor will also receive a share of a $20,000 towing fund to get to the event.

Event sponsor, Jegs High Performance, is offering a "double up" bonus to Jegs Allstars participants.  Any 2009 Jegs Allstars champion who also wins the national event will have his/her Allstars prize doubled.


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