NE: Atco Friday summary

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Arrives in Atco ATCO, N.J. (June 19, 2009) -- The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series takes over Atco Raceway this weekend for the third of seven events in Northeast division competition. Friday's qualifying and...

NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Arrives in Atco

ATCO, N.J. (June 19, 2009) -- The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series takes over Atco Raceway this weekend for the third of seven events in Northeast division competition. Friday's qualifying and time trials are in the books with the No.1 spots going to Top Alcohol Dragster pilot John Finke of Selkirk NY, and Morganville NJ, resident Frank Manzo in Top Alcohol Funny Car.

Finke, who picked up a national event win last weekend at Englishtown, blistered a 5.317 second, 275.79 mph pass to take the pole. He currently sits atop the Northeast division leader board with one out-of-division win at Bradenton to start off the year.

Manzo is putting forth yet another strong season by leading the divisional and national points standings. The Top Alcohol Funny Car legend ran a 5.544 second, 260.21 mph lap to grab the top seed after Friday's qualifying runs and a bye in the first round.

Other top qualifiers include Charlie Greco of Paoli PA, in Comp Eliminator; Brian Oakes, Williamstown NJ, in Super Stock; and Gene Monahan from Brockton, Mass., in Stock.

Racing continues Saturday, June 20 with gates opening at 7 a.m. Final qualifying and time trials are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run all three rounds of eliminations at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. All classes will run at least one round of eliminations. Gates open Sunday at 7 a.m. Eliminations continue at 9:30 a.m.

General Admission with a Pit Pass is $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday.

Children 6 to 11 years old are $1 each day. Kids 5 and under are admitted free.

For more information please call Atco Raceway, (856) 768 2167, or visit www.AtcoRaceway.com.

The following are Friday's final qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division LODRS 1-3 at Atco Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.317 seconds, 275.79 mph
2) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.362, 263.77
3) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.528, 268.17
4) Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5.559, 256.80
5) Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson, Texas, 5.603, 251.95
6) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 5.671, 244.29
7) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.754, 219.72
8) Gene Arrigoni, Yorktown Hts, N.Y., 8.027, 122.30

First round TAD pairings
1) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.317 seconds, 275.79 mph vs. 8) Gene Arrigoni, Yorktown Hts, N.Y., 8.027, 122.30

2) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.362, 263.77 vs. 7) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.754, 219.72

3) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.528, 268.17 vs. 6) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 5.671, 244.29

4) Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5.559, 256.80 vs. 5) Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson, Texas, 5.603, 251.95

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.544 seconds, 260.21 mph
2) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.629, 257.19
3) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.689, 248.02
4) Jason McKnight, Barrie, Ont., '08 Impala, 5.741, 254.04
5) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '08 Mustang, 5.807, 246.26
6) DJ Cox, Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 6.525, 153.23
7) William Fulford, Virginia Beach, Va., '03 Corvette, 7.934, 161.15

First round TAFC pairings
1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.544 seconds, 260.21 mph vs. Bye

2) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.629, 257.19 vs. 7) William Fulford, Virginia Beach, Va., '03 Corvette, 7.934, 161.15

3) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.689, 248.02 vs. 6) DJ Cox, Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 6.525, 153.23

4) Jason McKnight, Barrie, Ont., '08 Impala, 5.741, 254.04 vs. 5) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J.,

'08 Mustang, 5.807, 246.26

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Charlie Greco, Paoli, Pa., '06 GTO, D/AA, 7.573 seconds, -0.707 (under index)
2) Dave Yediny, Nazareth, Pa., '71 Opel GT, L/A, 8.825, -0.665
3) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 8.000, -0.640
4) Allen Stanfield, Fredericksburg, Va., '98 Grand Am, H/SM, 8.912, -0.628
5) Dan Fletcher, Churchville, N.Y., '08 Cobalt, C/EA, 8.009, -0.621
6) Vinny Barone, Dix Hills, N.Y., '34 Chevrolet, A/SR, 7.788, -0.612
7) Michele Costa, Freehold, N.J., dragster, G/D, 9.051, -0.589
8) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., '93 Beretta, I/AA, 8.178, -0.582
9) Frank Aragona Jr., Freehold, N.J., '34 Bantam, G/EA, 8.303, -0.577
10) Pete Hanratty, Speonk, N.Y., dragster, A/DA, 6.579, -0.561

SUPER STOCK
1) Brian Oakes, Williamstown, N.J., '69 Camaro, SS/CA, 9.000 seconds, -1.350 (under index)
2) Russ Linke, Old Bridge, N.J., '73 Corvette, SS/JA, 10.052, -1.248
3) John Armstrong, Kingston, N.S., '69 Corvette, SS/AA, 8.775, -1.225
4) Joe Garbarine, Neptune, N.J., '05 Cavalier, GT/EA, 9.736, -1.214
5) Tom Boucher, Byfield, Mass., '97 Firehawk, GT/CA, 9.538, -1.162
6) Norm Hall, Waldorf, Md., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.573, -1.127
7) Tom Sheehan, Belle Vernon, Pa., '00 Sebring, GT/IA, 10.380, -1.120
8) Jim Daniels, Yardley, Pa., '68 Dart, SS/AH, 8.640, -1.110
9) Vic Santos, N. Reading, Pa., '85 Firebird, GT/HA, 10.241, -1.109
10) Bob Bagley, Fredricksburg, Va., '02 Camaro, GT/GA, 10.108, -1.092

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Gene Monahan, Brockton, Mass., '90 Formula, K/SA, 11.562 seconds, -1.388 (under index)
2) Joe Cokinos, Elmwood Park, N.J., '96 S-10, P/S, 12.283, -1.367
3) Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.271, -1.279
4) Jeffrey Bardekoff, Commack, N.Y., '64 Fury, B/SA, 10.273, -1.277
5) Jack Matyas, Bethlehem, Pa., '00 Trans Am, B/SA, 10.282, -1.268
6) Gary Parker, Westfield, Mass., '75 Camaro, H/SA, 11.212, -1.238
7) Greg Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '89 Camaro, K/SA, 11.759, -1.191
8) Lenny Williams, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., '71 Gran Sport, F/SA, 10.959, -1.191
9) Bill Hawk, Manassas, Va., '67 Shelby, B/SA, 10.361, -1.189
10) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.576, -1.174

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Aragona , Frank Manzo , Bill Hawk , Sal Biondo , Dan Fletcher , Tom Sheehan , Jim Daniels
Teams Williams