Atco Friday summary

MANZO, OLIVAREZ QUALIFY ON TOP AT ATCO ATCO, N.J. -- Racing kicked off today at the Franklin Trailers, Inc. NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Event at Atco Raceway. Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Frank Manzo and Top Alcohol...

MANZO, OLIVAREZ QUALIFY ON TOP AT ATCO

ATCO, N.J. -- Racing kicked off today at the Franklin Trailers, Inc. NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Event at Atco Raceway. Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Frank Manzo and Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Aaron Olivarez got out to a quick start both qualifying in the No. 1 position.

Morganville, New Jersey resident and 10-time Lucas Oil National Champion Frank Manzo showed his experience clinching the top qualifying position over Mickey Ferro of Stamford, Conn. Manzo finished the day running a pass of 5.660 seconds at 257.87 mph, while Ferro ran a time of 5.666 seconds at 250.13 mph.

Olivarez of Sandy, Utah, was able to edge out local racer Karen Stalba of Hammonton, N.J. with a time of 5.432 seconds at 267.64 mph clinching the top qualifying spot. Stalba will start Saturday's eliminations in the No. 2 position after her run of 5.518 seconds at 247.66 mph.

Comp Eliminator racer Allyn Armstrong of Kingston, N.S., qualified first over Vinny Barone of Dix Hills, N.Y. Armstrong driving a '72 Opel outran Barone with a pass of 8.891 seconds.

Williamstown, N.J. resident Brian Oakes qualified in the top position in Super Stock with a pass of 8.994 seconds. Oakes edged out John Armstrong of Kingston, N.S., who drove a '69 Corvette and could not keep up with Oakes. Also at the top of the field was another New Jersey driver Richard Adkins of Willingboro in Stock Eliminator. Adkins piloting a '67 Mustang held on to the top spot with a pass of 10.207 seconds and qualified just ahead of Tex Miller of Fayetteville, Pa.

Gates open on Saturday at 7 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car Eliminations begin at 2 p.m., while qualifying in all other categories continues throughout the day. Tickets are $20 for adults and children age 5 and under are Free. For more information please call the track at 856-768-2167 or visit www.atcorace.com

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Manzo , Tex Miller
Teams Williams