NE: Atco Friday summary

Manzo and Ackerman Highlight N.J. Talent ATCO, N.J. -- Under beautiful bright blue skies approximately 400 Northeast division racers took to the hot strip at Atco Raceway. After a full day of racing the fields are set in both Top...

Manzo and Ackerman Highlight N.J. Talent

ATCO, N.J. -- Under beautiful bright blue skies approximately 400 Northeast division racers took to the hot strip at Atco Raceway. After a full day of racing the fields are set in both Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car. Top Alcohol Dragster driver Arthur Gallant, from Boxboro, Mass., and Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Frank Manzo, of Morganville, N.J., took the No. 1 qualifying positions in their classes.

Gallant, a former Lucas Oil National Champion has held the No. 1 qualifying spot at all three Division 1 Lucas Oil events. Richard Bourke from Old Tappan, N.J., took a very respectable No. 2 qualifying position with a time of 5.471 seconds at a little over 270 mph. Manzo in pursuit of the perfect divisional record and his 48th consecutive round win will be looking to head to next weekend's NHRA POWERade event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park with his streak still intact.

In Comp Eliminator action Saddle Brook, N.J., native Al Ackerman took the pole position with an 8.037 second run down the quarter mile strip. In other action Joseph Franco III, of N. Babylon, N.Y., wheeled his '85 Camaro to the top of the charts in the Super Stock class.

Richard Adkins, who hails from Willingboro, N.J., fell one step short of the top spot in Stock Eliminator. His '67 Shelby was outdone only by the '76 Monza of Briane Philbrick, from Vineland, Ont., who ran right down broadway to a time of 13.015 seconds.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Atco Raceway. Gates open at 7 a.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, children 6-11 are $1 and those 5 and under are free with paid adult. For more information, call Atco Raceway at 856-768-2167 or visit www.atcorace.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Atco Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.400 seconds, 272.50 mph
2) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.471, 270.81
3) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.496, 262.95
4) Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex, N.J., 5.540, 257.83
5) Bill Evans, Miramar, Fla., 5.558, 261.67
6) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.567, 267.59
7) Travis Nicholson, Collinsville, Okla., 5.586, 261.88
8) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.628, 255.63

Not Qualified
9) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.727, 254.86
10) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.819, 253.47
11) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 6.286, 204.29

First round TAD pairings

1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.400 seconds, 272.50 mph vs. 8) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.628, 255.63

2) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.471, 270.81 vs. 7) Travis Nicholson, Collinsville, Okla., 5.586, 261.88

3) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.496, 262.95 vs. 6) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.567, 267.59

4) Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex, N.J., 5.540, 257.83 vs. 5) Bill Evans, Miramar, Fla., 5.558, 261.67

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.585 seconds, 261.37 mph
2) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.690, 255.82
3) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.722, 257.09
4) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.759, 249.44
5) Fred Tigges, Holbrook, Mass., '01 Avenger, 5.810, 252.05
6) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 5.835, 250.37
7) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ, Pa., '05 Stratus, 5.847, 245.45
8) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.914, 251.67

Not Qualified
9) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '01 Cutlass, 6.016, 243.11
10) Lou Sgro, Slatington, Pa., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.030, 246.30
11) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., '00 Mustang, 6.578, 199.11
12) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 13.850, 87.01
13) Paul Gill, Brockton, Mass., '08 Mustang, (no time)

First round TAFC pairings

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.585 seconds, 261.37 mph vs. 8) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.914, 251.67

2) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.690, 255.82 vs. 7) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ, Pa., '05 Stratus, 5.847, 245.45

3) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.722, 257.09 vs. 6) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 5.835, 250.37

4) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.759, 249.44 vs. 5) Fred Tigges, Holbrook, Mass., '01 Avenger, 5.810, 252.05

COMP ELIMINATOR

1) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 8.037 seconds, -0.653 (under index)
2) Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., '06 GTO, D/AA, 7.649, -0.631
3) Richard Schonberger, Philadelphia, '92 Cutlass, I/A, 8.230, -0.590
4) Jake Crimmins, Farmingdale, N.J., '92 Achieva, AA/AM, 6.483, -0.587
5) George Supinski, Freehold, N.J., '04 Cavalier, C/SM, 8.214, -0.586
6) Pete Hanratty, Speonk, N.Y., dragster, A/DA, 6.575, -0.575
7) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., '93 Beretta, I/AA, 8.217, -0.573
8) Stephen Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., dragster, F/ED, 8.265, -0.565
9) Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.346, -0.554
10) John Caliendo Jr, Colts Neck, N.J., '98 Firebird, D/AA, 7.750, -0.530

SUPER STOCK

1) Joseph Franco III, N. Babylon, N.Y., '85 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.056 seconds, -1.294 (under index)
2) Angelo Ditocco, Mahopac, N.Y., '98 Firebird, SS/HA, 9.635, -1.265
3) Vic Santos, N. Reading, Pa., '85 Firebird, GT/HA, 10.098, -1.252
4) Gary Richard, Bay Shore, N.Y., '07 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.177, -1.223
5) Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 9.793, -1.207
6) Howard Barsky, Langhorne, Pa., '57 Chevy, SS/NA, 11.259, -1.191
7) Guy DesJardins, St. Bruno, Quebec, '67 Camaro, SS/FA, 9.565, -1.185
8) Joe Garbarine, Neptune, N.J., '98 Firebird, GT/GA, 10.048, -1.152
9) Leon Miranian, Queensbury, N.Y., '68 Corvette, SS/DA, 9.365, -1.135
10) Dave Ficacci, E Hanover, N.J., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.591, -1.109

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) Briane Philbrick, Vineland, Ont., '76 Monza, R/SA, 13.015 seconds, -1.335 (under index)
2) Richard Adkins, Willingboro, N.J., '67 Shelby, B/S, 10.188, -1.312
3) Jeffrey Bardekoff, Commack, N.Y., '64 Fury, B/SA, 10.264, -1.286
4) Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.293, -1.257
5) Dave Casey, Hampden, Mass., '86 Camaro, G/S, 10.943, -1.257
6) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.506, -1.244
7) Jim Reid Jr., Hanson, Mass., '87 Camaro, I/SA, 11.358, -1.242
8) Gary Parker, Westfield, Mass., '77 Camaro, H/SA, 11.215, -1.235
9) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., '67 Mustang, B/SA, 10.328, -1.222
10) Gene Monahan, Brockton, Mass., '90 Firebird, J/SA, 11.545, -1.205

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Frank Aragona , Frank Manzo , Dave DeAngelis , Sal Biondo , Byron Worner