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GALLANT, MANZO LEAD QUALIFYING AT CECIL COUNTY RISING SUN, Md. -- Opening day is in the books for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast Shootout at Cecil County Dragway. Top Alcohol Dragster driver, and former National...

GALLANT, MANZO LEAD QUALIFYING AT CECIL COUNTY

RISING SUN, Md. -- Opening day is in the books for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast Shootout at Cecil County Dragway. Top Alcohol Dragster driver, and former National Champion, Art Gallant and reigning Top Alcohol Funny Car National Champion Frank Manzo took the No. 1 qualifying positions in their classes.

Gallant, of Boxboro, Mass., jump to the top spot with a pass of 5.282 seconds at 273.72 mph. Gallant is followed by Canadian resident Dan Mercier running 5.294 seconds, 272.39 mph, less than one one-hundredth of a second behind Gallant.

Manzo, of Morganville, N.J., is looking for his 10th win of the year with a 5.580 second qualifying effort at 258.02 mph. Manzo leads the field by more than a tenth of a second with Whiteford, Md., racer DJ Cox Jr. in the No. 2 spot at 5.737, 249.35 mph.

Top qualifiers in other classes include Charlie Greco of Berwyn, Pa., in Comp Eliminator, Joseph Franco III in Super Stock out of N. Babylon, N.Y., and Gene Monahan, Brockton, Mass., in Stock. Monahan is followed by Northeast, Md., racer Gary Simpers Jr.

Racing continues Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with qualifying and time trials. Gates open at 9 a.m. and round 1 of eliminations for the Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars is set for 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each day, Saturday and Sunday. Kids 11 and under are free and all tickets include a pit pass. For more information, call 410-287-6280 or visit www.cecilcountydragway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results and round one parings for Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Northeast Shootout event at Cecil County Dragway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.282 seconds, 273.72 mph
2) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.294, 272.39
3) Kimmelyn Buff Pesz, The Woodlands, Texas, 5.418, 263.77
4) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.437, 261.42
5) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.440, 266.37
6) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.511, 260.11
7) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.535, 247.88
8) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.572, 205.88

Not Qualified
9) Bill Evans, Miramar, Fla., 5.627, 253.99
10) Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex, N.J., 5.868, 203.40
11) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 6.387, 157.36
12) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 7.290, 116.11
13) Bob Weickgenannt, Marriottsville, Va., 11.774, 46.51

First round TAD pairings
1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.282 seconds, 273.72 mph vs. 8) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.572, 205.8

2) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.294, 272.39 vs. 7) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.535, 247.88

3) Kimmelyn Buff Pesz, The Woodlands, Texas, 5.418, 263.77 vs. 6) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.511, 260.11

4) Justin Davis, Murrieta, Calif., 5.437, 261.42 vs. 5) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.440, 266.37

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.580 seconds, 258.02 mph

2) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 5.737, 249.35

3) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.741, 244.60

4) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ, Pa., '06 Stratus, 6.139, 235.56

5) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 6.926, 150.00

6) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '08 Mustang, 8.222, 122.42

7) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., '00 Mustang, 11.863, 68.50

First round TAFC pairings

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.580 seconds, 258.02 mph vs. Bye

2) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 5.737, 249.35 vs. 7) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., '00 Mustang, 11.863, 68.50

3) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.741, 244.60 vs. 6) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '08 Mustang, 8.222, 122.42

4) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ, Pa., '06 Stratus, 6.139, 235.56 vs. 5) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 6.926, 150.00

COMP ELIMINATOR

1) Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., '06 GTO, D/AA, 7.670 seconds, -0.610 (under index)
2) Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.293, -0.597
3) Michael Hardee, Hampstead, N.C., '05 Sunfire, E/SM, 8.558, -0.582
4) Lonnie Johnson, Ettrick, Va., '99 Neon R/T, B/AA, 7.063, -0.577
5) Richard Schonberger, Southampton, Pa., '97 Cutlass, I/A, 8.252, -0.568
6) Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., '34 Chevy, B/SR, 7.917, -0.563
7) Tony Terry, Forest, Va., '03 Cavalier, F/AA, 8.093, -0.547
8) Stephen Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., dragster, F/ED, 8.291, -0.539
9) Scott Benham, La Grange, Texas, '05 Sunfire, E/SM, 8.620, -0.520
10) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., dragster, D/ED, 7.485, -0.505

SUPER STOCK

1) Joseph Franco III, N. Babylon, N.Y., '85 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.091 seconds, -1.259 (under index)
2) Vic Santos, N. Reading, Pa., '85 Firebird, GT/HA, 10.121, -1.229
3) Tom Sheehan, Belle Vernon, Pa., '00 Sebring, GT/IA, 10.275, -1.225
4) Brian Oakes, Williamstown, N.J., '69 Camaro, SS/CA, 9.142, -1.208
5) Jay Higgins, Fayetteville, N.C., '08 Cobalt, SS/BM, 8.451, -1.199
6) Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 9.803, -1.197
7) Dennis Steward, Dover, Pa., '91 Daytona, GT/IA, 10.311, -1.189
8) Bob Cupp, Alexandria, Va., '65 Chevelle, SS/KA, 10.371, -1.179
9) Bo Kenney, Centerville, Va., '08 Cobalt, GT/AA, 9.226, -1.174
10) Howard Barsky, Langhorne, Pa., '57 Chevy, SS/NA, 11.276, -1.174

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) Gene Monahan, Brockton, Mass., '90 Firebird, J/SA, 11.387 seconds, -1.363 (under index)
2) Gary Simpers Jr, Northeast, Md., '91 Thunderbird, P/SA, 12.457, -1.293
3) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.485, -1.265
4) James Conte, Pearl River, N.Y., '69 Mustang, C/SA, 10.453, -1.247
5) Monty Bogan, Centreville, Va., '01 Firebird, A/SA, 10.060, -1.240
6) Jason Silver, Marlboro, N.Y., '88 Cutlass, P/SA, 12.514, -1.236
7) Lenny Williams, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., '71 Gran Sport, G/SA, 11.074, -1.226
8) Michael Allen, Aston, Pa., '69 Camaro, E/SA, 10.780, -1.220
9) Briane Philbrick, Vineland, Ont., '76 Monza, Q/SA, 12.882, -1.218
10) Jack Matyas, Bethlehem, Pa., '04 GTO, E/SA, 10.782, -1.218

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Frank Aragona , Frank Manzo , Dave DeAngelis , Dennis Steward , Sal Biondo , Tom Sheehan , Byron Worner
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