NE: Maple Grove Friday summary

MANZO, KOSKY LEAD FIELDS AT MAPLE GROVE READING, Pa. (May 22, 2009) -- Twelve-time NHRA National Champion Frank Manzo and Mike Kosky grabbed the top spots for this weekend's NHRA Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing...

MANZO, KOSKY LEAD FIELDS AT MAPLE GROVE

READING, Pa. (May 22, 2009) -- Twelve-time NHRA National Champion Frank Manzo and Mike Kosky grabbed the top spots for this weekend's NHRA Northeast Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove Raceway.

Manzo put his Lucas Oil sponsored '08 Monte Carlo in the No. 1 qualifying position of the Top Alcohol Funny Car field running 5.568 seconds at 258.81 mph. The Morganville, N.J., racer, who picked up his 100th NHRA divisional win last weekend in Norwalk, Ohio, is followed by Olympic gold medalist Marty Nothstein. Nothstein, who was born in Allentown, Pa., and now calls Orefield, Pa., home, clocked in at 5.649, 255.82 mph, good enough for the No. 2 position in funny car.

Kosky of Cuddy, Pa., covered the quarter mile in 5.441 seconds, 263.77 mph in his Top Alcohol Dragster for the top spot. Bill Evan, Miramar, Fla., is right on Kosky's heels running 5.449 seconds at 262.39 mph and John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., sits in the No. 3 spot at 5.453, 262.39.

Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., leads in Comp Eliminator taking his '06 GTO to a pass of 7.630 seconds and John Benoit of Montpelier, Vt., paced the Speed Shop at Atco Raceway sponsored Top Sportsman class with a lap of 6.490 seconds at 213.10 mph in his '51 Bel Air. In the MX Industrial.com Top Dragster class it was Winchester Center, Conn., resident Frank Zeffiro on top at 6.334 seconds, 223.62 mph.

Top qualifiers in other classes were Jeff Lawrence, Qougue, N.Y., in Super Stock and Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., with his '69 Camaro in Stock Eliminator.

Saturday's action will be highlighted by all three rounds of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car. Round one is set for 5 p.m. A special $25 car load spectator admission after 3 p.m. has been offered for Saturday that includes a Fireworks Spectacular show.

            Racing begins on Saturday with final qualifying and time
trials at 8:30 a.m.  Gates open at 8 a.m.

Tickets are $20 for adults, children 13-15 are just $10 and kids 12 and under are free. For more information, call Maple Grove Raceway (610) 856-7200 or visit www.MapleGroveRaceway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results and Saturday's first round pairing for TAD and TAFC from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.441 seconds, 263.77 mph
2) Bill Evans, Miramar, Fla., 5.449, 262.39
3) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.453, 266.00
4) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.469, 264.91
5) Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5.478, 258.81
6) Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson, Texas, 5.592, 245.00
7) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.677, 248.25
8) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 5.699, 239.36

Not Qualified
9) Gene Arrigoni, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., 5.736, 230.29
10) Tom Pickett, Salem, N.H., 5.756, 247.61
11) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 6.040, 244.65
12) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 6.151, 254.57

First round TAD pairings

1) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.441 seconds, 263.77 mph vs. 8) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 5.699, 239.36

2) Bill Evans, Miramar, Fla., 5.449, 262.39 vs. 7) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.677, 248.25

3) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.453, 266.00 vs. 6) Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson, Texas, 5.592, 245.00

4) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.469, 264.91 vs. 5) Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5.478, 258.81

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.568 seconds, 258.81 mph
2) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.649, 255.82
3) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.650, 255.48
4) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.684, 253.66
5) Dan Roman, Wolcott, Conn., '97 Firebird, 5.739, 237.05
6) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.753, 248.25
7) Terry Munroe, Beaver, Pa., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.759, 251.16
8) Lou Sgro, Slatington, Pa., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.782, 248.57

Not Qualified
9) Larry Dobbs, Welland, Ont., '01 Corvette, 5.839, 237.75
10) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '08 Mustang, 5.849, 248.11
11) Neal Parker, Millville, N.J., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.861, 240.25
12) Jason McKnight, Barrie, Ont., '08 Impala, 5.930, 247.25
13) Eric Lourie, Terryville, Conn., '02 Camaro, 5.951, 242.41
14) Paul Gill, Brockton, Mass., '08 Mustang, 6.022, 213.84
15) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., '00 Mustang, 6.081, 197.88
16) John Fiorini, Dalton, Mass., '00 Avenger, 6.398, 229.82
17) Fred Tigges, Holbrook, Mass., '01 Avenger, 12.558, 105.08

First round TAFC pairings

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.568 seconds, 258.81 mph vs. 8) Lou Sgro, Slatington, Pa., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.782, 248.57

2) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.649, 255.82 vs. 7) Terry Munroe, Beaver, Pa., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.759, 251.16

3) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.650, 255.48 vs. 6) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.753, 248.25

4) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.684, 253.66 vs. 5) Dan Roman, Wolcott, Conn., '97 Firebird, 5.739, 237.05

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., '06 GTO, D/AA, 7.630 seconds, -0.650 (under index)
2) Vinny Barone, Dix Hills, N.Y., '34 Chevrolet, A/SR, 7.788, -0.612
3) Dave Yediny, Nazareth, Pa., '71 Opel, L/A, 8.896, -0.594
4) Patrick Ross, Avon Lake, Ohio, '05 Grand Am, F/A, 8.043, -0.577
5) Allen Stanfield, Fredericksburg, Va., '98 Grand Am, H/SM, 8.973, -0.567
6) Gerry Russo, Saddle River, N.J., '05 Cavalier, C/SMA, 8.264, -0.566
7) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 8.087, -0.563
8) Frank Affronti, Ontario, N.Y., '05 Cavalier, E/A, 7.794, -0.536
9) Brian Darcy, Newburgh, N.Y., dragster, A/ND, 6.935, -0.525
10) Pete Hanratty, Speonk, N.Y., dragster, A/DA, 6.627, -0.513

SUPER STOCK
1) Jeff Lawrence, Qougue, N.Y., '88 Mustang, GT/AA, 9.153 seconds, -1.247 (under index)
2) John Armstrong, Kingston, N.S., '69 Corvette, SS/AA, 8.767, -1.233
3) James Evanuik, N. Versailles, Pa., '02 Ford, GT/A, 9.103, -1.197
4) Mark LaBrecque, W. Springfield, Mass., '95 S-10, GT/TC, 10.231, -1.169
5) Gary Wolkwitz, Annandale, N.J., '68 Dart, SS/AH, 8.594, -1.156
6) Joseph Franco III, N. Babylon, N.Y., '85 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.210, -1.140
7) Carl Milano, Bath, Pa., '65 Mustang, GT/KA, 10.623, -1.127
8) Jim Daniels, Bristol, Pa., '68 Dart, SS/AH, 8.630, -1.120
9) David Thomas, West Chester, Pa., '69 Corvette, SS/BA, 9.088, -1.112
10) Vic Santos, N. Reading, Pa., '85 Firebird, GT/HA, 10.239, -1.111

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.254 seconds, -1.296 (under index)
2) Gene Monahan, Brockton, Mass., '90 Formula, J/SA, 11.493, -1.257
3) Dave Casey, Hampden, Mass., '86 Camaro, G/S, 10.949, -1.251
4) Gary Parker, Westfield, Mass., '75 Camaro, H/SA, 11.202, -1.248
5) Jeffrey Bardekoff, Commack, N.Y., '64 Fury, B/SA, 10.311, -1.239
6) James Conte, Pearl River, N.Y., '69 Mustang, C/SA, 10.470, -1.230
7) Marty Bernard, Brewerton, N.Y., '66 Caprice, P/SA, 12.531, -1.219
8) Jack Matyas, Bethlehem, Pa., '02 Trans Am, B/SA, 10.337, -1.213
9) Mike Farrell, E. Nassau, N.Y., '65 Nova, I/SA, 11.395, -1.205
10) Keith Sansone, Wynanskill, N.Y., '66 Nova, D/SA, 10.675, -1.175

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., '57 Bel Air, 6.490 seconds, 213.10 mph
2) John Prime, Thomastown, Conn., '68 Camaro, 6.516, 215.00
3) Rob Nicola, Medford, N.Y., '53 Corvette, 6.826, 202.12
4) Joe Dunne, Wolcott, Conn., '04 Grand Am, 6.868, 200.71
5) Ryan Ondrejko, Roslindale, Mass., '08 GTO, 6.878, 202.58
6) Jeff Brooks, Fredericksburg, Va., '51 Henry J, 6.981, 197.51
7) Ronnie Proctor, Harpers Ferry, W.V., '02 Mustang, 7.075, 194.35
8) Dennis Gaboriault, Millbury, Mass., '07 Mustang, 7.076, 196.67
9) Alexander Thomson, New Providence, N.J., '63 Corvette, 7.108, 194.27
10) Daniel Hill, Thomaston, Conn., '69 Camaro, 7.109, 188.62

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Frank Zeffiro, Winchester Center, Conn., dragster, 6.334 seconds, 224.51 mph
2) Warren Heaps, Ashland, Mass., dragster, 6.928, 194.44
3) Wayne Hofmann, New Preston, Conn., dragster, 6.930, 195.05
4) Glenn Flack, Sewell, N.J., dragster, 6.941, 194.04
5) Glen Puluse, W Patterson, N.J., dragster, 7.041, 188.67
6) Al Miller, Chester, Md., dragster, 7.044, 189.10
7) Joe DeCuara, Nesconcest, N.Y., dragster, 7.054, 202.30
8) Jason Hoff, Littlestown, Pa., dragster, 7.056, 187.76
9) Laura Zeffiro, Winchester Center, Conn., dragster, 7.089, 188.33
10) Joe DiPasquale, Palmyra, N.J., dragster, 7.118, 185.03

-credit: nhra

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