NC: Norwalk final summary

MANZO EARNS WIN NO. 100, PERRY SCORES IN TAD AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK NORWALK, Ohio (May 17, 2009) -- Top Alcohol Funny Car ace Frank Manzo scored his 100th divisional event win this weekend at the 3rd Annual B'laster...

MANZO EARNS WIN NO. 100, PERRY SCORES IN TAD AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK

NORWALK, Ohio (May 17, 2009) -- Top Alcohol Funny Car ace Frank Manzo scored his 100th divisional event win this weekend at the 3rd Annual B'laster Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Summit Motorsports Park. The Morganville, N.J., racer also has 79 NHRA national event wins on his resume. Ken Perry of Richmond Hill, Va., joined Manzo in the winner's circle after wheeling his Top Alcohol Dragster to the win. The NHRA North Central division race featured more than 500 cars racing in 11 categories.

Due to an abbreviated qualifying schedule because of rain, Manzo only had one shot at qualifying and was racing today from the No. 4 slot. In the semis he beat No. 1 qualifier Andy Bohl of Racine, Wis. Manzo ran 5.521 seconds at 262.79 mph to Bohl's 5.599-second, 258.12 mph lap. In the final, Manzo had a single because his opponent, Terry Monroe, Beaver, Pa., had damaged his motor in his semifinal round win and was unable to make the call to the final.

Perry had qualified in the No. 3 position and in the final he took on the class's top qualifier, Mike Kosky of Cuddy, Pa. Perry blasted a 5.312-second, 260.36 mph pass to Kosky's 5.461-second, 226.01 mph effort to take the win.

Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., scored the win in Comp Eliminator, ousting Jerry Arnold of Kalamazoo, Mich., in the final. The Super Stock win went to Columbus, Ohio's Bob Marshall behind the wheel of his '65 Coronet. He defeated Jeff Niceswanger, Zanesville, Ohio who was driving his '86 Camaro. Stock racer Tommy Mattingly, Louisville, Ky., earned the win in his '65 Chevelle Wagon over Chris Stephenson of Brownsburg, Ind., in a 74 Apollo. Scotty Rienschield, Sunman, Ind., beat Josh Gnandt, Wellington, Ohio, in the Super Comp final; Duane LaFleur, Clarence Center, N.Y., jettisoned Tim McGuire, Oberlin, Ohio, for the Super Gas win; and Buffalo Grove, Ill., racer Eric Olhava wheeled his '68 Camaro to the win in Super Street beating John Gregory of Elyria, Ohio. Strongsville, Ohio, resident Gary Wojnowski Sr. won in Top Sportsman defeating Reed Hughes, Terre Haute, Ind., in the final; the Top Dragster win went to Robert Cireddu, Perry, Ohio, who ousted Edward Dudley, Fishers, Ind.; and Edwin Wirbel, Hope, Mich., beat James Cooper, Waterport, N.Y., for the win in Pro Stock Snowmobile.

North Central division racers head to Joliet, Ill., for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. Route 66 Raceway will host the series June 12-14.

The following are the final results from the Third Annual B'laster Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser event at Summit Motorsports Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

Round 1
1) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.368, 261.93 def. 8) Brandon Booher, Urbana, Ill., 5.667, 242.71

7) Denny Hummel, Clinton Twp., Mich., 5.564, 250.41 def. 2) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 15.707, 59.52

3) Ken Perry, Richmond Hill, Ont., 5.473, 237.25 def. 9) Brian Mans, Godfrey, Ill., 5.629, 241.02

4) Marty Thacker, Robinson, Ill., 5.374, 266.95 def. 5) Dave Hirata, Lowell, Ind., foul

Semifinals
Perry, 5.382, 261.67 def. Hummel, 9.647, 83.75
Kosky, 5.330, 265.01 def. Thacker, 5.519, 265.27

Final
Perry, 5.312, 260.36 def. Kosky, 5.461, 226.01.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

Round 1
1) Andy Bohl, Racine, Wis., '08 Mustang, 5.601, 255.05 def. 8) Rob Atchison, London, Ont., '06 Monte Carlo, foul

7) Bobby Martin, Beaver Falls, Pa., '08 Charger, 5.769, 252.24 def. 2) Mick Snyder, Demotte, Ind., '08 Mustang, 12.845, 61.35

3) Terry Munroe, Beaver, Pa., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.667, 255.24 def. 6) Brian Harvanek, Cheswick, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.736, 247.93

4) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.491, 263.87 def. 5) Ray Drew, Hales Corner, Wis., '04 Firebird, foul

Semifinals
Manzo, 5.521, 262.79 def. Bohl, 5.599, 258.12
Munroe, 5.678, 254.38 def. Martin, 5.714, 253.90

Final
Manzo, 5.508, 264.55 def. Munroe, no show

COMP ELIMINATOR

Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., Spitzer, C/DA, 6.969, 188.28 def. Jerry Arnold, Kalamazoo, Mich., dragster, G/ED, 7.980, 165.31

SUPER STOCK

Bob Marshall, Columbus, Ohio, '65 Coronet, SS/AM, 9.148, 141.53 def. Jeff Niceswanger, Zanesville, Ohio, '86 Camaro, GT/EA, 9.927, 131.92

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Tommy Mattingly, Louisville, Ky., '65 Chevelle Wgn, O/SA, 12.668, 102.59 def. Chris Stephenson, Brownsburg, Ind., '74 Apollo, J/SA, 12.383, 103.41

SUPER COMP

Scotty Rienschield, Sunman, Ind., dragster, 17.639, 61.36 def. Josh Gnandt, Wellington, Ohio, dragster, foul

SUPER GAS

Duane LaFleur, Clarence Ctr, N.Y., '68 Camaro, 9.911, 155.17 def. Tim McGuire, Oberlin, Ohio, '86 Monte Carlo, 9.872, 151.22

SUPER STREET

Eric Olhava, Buffalo Grove, Ill., '68 Camaro, 10.900, 129.18 def. John Gregory, Elyria, Ohio, '86 Mustang, 10.883, 130.96

TOP SPORTSMAN

Gary Wojnowski Sr., Strongsville, Ohio, '96 Cutlass, 6.962, 199.76 def. Reed Hughes, Terre Haute, Ind., '68 Camaro, 6.885, 197.13

TOP DRAGSTER

Robert Cireddu, Perry, Ohio, dragster, 7.212, 184.93 def. Edward Dudley, Fishers, Ind., dragster, 6.947, 193.07

PRO STOCK SNOWMOBILE

Edwin Wirbel, Hope, Mich., '07 Skidoo, 8.383, 153.30 def. James Cooper, Waterport, N.Y., '07 Skidoo, 9.105, 122.06

-credit: nhra

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