Gainsville Saturday notes

Ferro and Mercier in Top Spots GAINESVILLE, FL. -- Qualifying is complete and the fields are set at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Gainesville Raceway. Dan Mercier and Mickey Ferro qualified in the top spots in Top ...

Ferro and Mercier in Top Spots

GAINESVILLE, FL. -- Qualifying is complete and the fields are set at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Gainesville Raceway. Dan Mercier and Mickey Ferro qualified in the top spots in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car fields.

Mercier from Montreal, Quebec, set the time to beat in Top Alcohol Dragster with a 5.361 second run at 262.28 mph. In Top Alcohol Funny Car Mickey Ferro of Stamford, Conn., ran his '06 Monte Carlo to a time of 5.627 seconds edging out second place qualifier Jay Payne of Claremont, Calif.

In Comp Eliminator Lee Sharp a resident of Marville, Tenn remained the man to beat posting a time of 7.744 seconds. Bob Dennis of Shorter, Ala., would also remain on top in Super Stock running his '91 Calais to the pole position. In Stock Eliminator the '95 Camaro of Bridgeton, N.C., resident Bud Rowe would rise to the occasion to take the time of the day.

Stanley Albritton Jr., from Bradenton, Fla., would fall one spot short of the fastest time in Top Sportsman which was posted by Ronnie Davis. Davis, of Suwanee, Ga., would drive his '63 Corvette to a time of 6.514 seconds at 212.86 mph. The Top Dragster category saw Mars Hill, Fla., local Eddie Careccia take the top spot over a field full of Fla., talent. His top speed of 237.84 mph. was unmatched in the field. Dan Seidel, from Port St. Lucie, Fla., would take the second spot with a time of 6.480 seconds.

Racing continues on Sunday with gates opening at 8:00 a.m. and eliminations starting at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and children under 12 are free with paid adult. For more information please call Gainesville Raceway at 352-377-0046 or log on to www.gainesville raceway.com.

-credit: nhra

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