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ELIMINATION FIELDS SET AT BRADENTON MOTORSPORTS PARK, LUCAS PAYNE SET THE PACE BRADENTON, Fla. -- NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors made their final qualifying runs today at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Morgan Lucas of ...

ELIMINATION FIELDS SET AT BRADENTON MOTORSPORTS PARK, LUCAS PAYNE SET THE PACE

BRADENTON, Fla. -- NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors made their final qualifying runs today at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Morgan Lucas of Brownsburg, Ind., set the pace in Top Alcohol Dragster while Jay Payne, Claremont, Calif., was No. 1 in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Lucas, who also campaigns a Top Fuel Dragster in NHRA's PowerAde Drag Racing Series, laid down a 5.318-second, 266.27 mph pass to take the top spot. The No. 2 qualifier is Dan Mercier of Montreal, Que., who is nearly a tenth of a second off the pace, with a 5.409-second, 270.43 mph run.

Payne, the division's reigning TAFC champion, covered the quarter-mile in 5.663 seconds at 254.45 mph. Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., is the second-place qualifier with a 5.758-second, 252.24 mph pass.

Lee Sharp of Maryville, Tenn., is the best qualifier in two categories. He stayed in the top spot in Comp Eliminator in his '07 Cobalt, while he drove his '05 Cavalier to the top of the Super Stock field. Gary Richard, Bay Shore, N.Y., heads up the Stock Eliminator class in his '69 Camaro while Boca Raton's Doug Patrick is No. 2 in his '72 Cutlass. In Top Sportsman, Ben Donhoff, Melbourne, Fla., wheeled his '93 Daytona to the No. 1 position. In Top Dragster, Mars Hill, Fla., resident Eddie Careccia leads the field while Don Marks of St. Petersburg, Ron Logan of Port Charlotte, and Troy Williams of Bradenton are the No. 2, 3, and 4 qualifiers, respectively. Another Bradenton resident, Gary Williams, is the No. 10 qualifier in Top Dragster.

Racing continues Sunday at Bradenton Motorsports Park. Gates open at 8 a.m. and eliminations start at 9 a.m. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car run first round at 1 p.m.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Morgan Lucas , Jay Payne , Gary Williams
Teams Williams