NE: Petersburg Friday qualifying summary

Gallent and Manzo Speed into Saturday Action PETERSBURG, VA. -- Weather predictions for Petersburg, Va., are calling for a high possibility of rain on Sunday May 4th. NHRA and track officials have decided to extend racing hours on...

Gallent and Manzo Speed into Saturday Action

PETERSBURG, VA. -- Weather predictions for Petersburg, Va., are calling for a high possibility of rain on Sunday May 4th. NHRA and track officials have decided to extend racing hours on Friday and Saturday eliminating the need for Sunday. This extended time has allowed the fields to set in both Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car at Virginia Motorsports Park. Top Alcohol Dragster 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.

Gallent took the No. 1 qualifying spot with a time of 5.313 seconds at 272.34 mph, Jackie Fricke of Flemington, N.J., will have the difficult job of facing him in first round competition tomorrow. Orefield, Pa., resident Marty Nothstein slotted in the No. 2 spot behind the seemingly invincible Frank Manzo who took home the time of the day with a 5.535 second run at 261.52 mph.

In Stock Eliminator action Bill Hawk of Manassas, Va., took best in class with his '67 Shelby with a time of 10.353 seconds. He would not be the only Va., resident to stand atop their respective class, Mike Gardner a Haymarket, Va., resident accomplished this same feat in the Top Dragster category. Gardner blazed the drag strip at 197.74 mph which was fast enough to keep Alan O'Brien, of Roncerverte, W.V., in the No. 2 spot.

In other action Michael Hardee who calls Hampstead, N.C., home piloted his '05 Sunfire to the top spot in Comp Eliminator. The '69 Camaro of Brian Oakes from Williamstown, N.J., took the same honors in Super Stock with a time of 9.108 seconds. Last but not least in the Top Sportsman category Chris Rini who hails from Carmel, N.Y., took top honors by keeping the car in the grove resulting in an impressive time of 6.503 seconds at 212.43 mph.

Racing continues Saturday at Virginia Motorsports Park. Gates open at 8 a.m. Tickets are $15 and children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. For more information, call Virginia Motorsports Park at (804) 862-3174 or visit www.virginiamotorsportspk.com/drag/.

The following are Friday's qualifying results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series,

Northeast Division LODRS 1-1 at Virginia Motorsports Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.313 seconds, 272.34 mph
2) Peter Gallen, Broomall, Pa., 5.414, 258.52
3) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.420, 524.95
4) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.466, 267.22
5) Arthur Allen, Jacksonville, Fla., 5.624, 255.34
6) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.711, 247.02
7) Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex, N.J., 6.201, 166.87
8) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 7.550, 117.84

First round TAD pairings

1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.313 seconds, 272.34 mph vs. 8) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 7.550, 117.84
2) Peter Gallen, Broomall, Pa., 5.414, 258.52 vs. 7) Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex, N.J., 6.201, 166.87
3) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.420, 524.95 vs. 6) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.711, 247.02
4) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.466, 267.22 vs. 5) Arthur Allen, Jacksonville, Fla., 5.624, 255.34

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.535 seconds, 261.52 mph
2) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.725, 256.65
3) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 5.764, 247.57
4) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 5.773, 248.11
5) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.794, 251.25
6) Melinda Green-King, Norfolk, Va., '08 Mustang, 5.942, 237.50
7) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '01 Cutlass, 6.018, 235.27
8) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ, Pa., '05 Stratus, 6.097, 216.55
Not Qualified
9) William Fulford, Virginia Beach, Va., '03 Corvette, 6.415, 218.87
10) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '06 Monte Carlo, 10.373, 251.06

First round TAFC pairings

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.535 seconds, 261.52 mph vs. 8) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ, Pa., '05 Stratus, 6.097, 216.55
2) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.725, 256.65 vs. 7) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '01 Cutlass, 6.018, 235.27
3) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 5.764, 247.57 vs. 6) Melinda Green-King, Norfolk, Va., '08 Mustang, 5.942, 237.50
4) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 5.773, 248.11 vs. 5) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.794, 251.25

COMP ELIMINATOR

1) Michael Hardee, Hampstead, N.C., '05 Sunfire, E/SM, 8.508 seconds, -0.652 (under index)
2) Pete Hanratty, Speonk, N.Y., dragster, A/DA, 6.529, -0.651
3) Gerry Russo, Saddle River, N.J., '05 Cavalier, C/SMA, 8.227, -0.633
4) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 8.078, -0.612
5) Frank Cervelli, Mt. Holly, N.C., dragster, C/DA, 7.033, -0.597
6) Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., '33 Roadster, B/SR, 7.952, -0.578
7) Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.329, -0.571
8) Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., '06 GTO, D/AA, 7.713, -0.567
9) Lonnie Johnson, Ettrick, Va., '99 Neon R/T, B/AA, 7.073, -0.567
10) Tony Terry, Forest, Va., '03 Cavalier, F/AA, 8.074, -0.566

SUPER STOCK

1) Brian Oakes, Williamstown, N.J., '69 Camaro, SS/CA, 9.108 seconds, -1.242 (under index)
2) Joseph Franco III, N. Babylon, N.Y., '85 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.118, -1.232
3) Paul Adams, Barboursville, W.V., '64 Fairlane, SS/B, 8.975, -1.225
4) Frank Aragona, Freehold, N.J., '05 Sunfire, SS/BS, 8.849, -1.201
5) Norm Hall, Waldorf, Md., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.522, -1.178
6) Paul Hellenberg, Dry Ridge, Ky., '05 Cavalier, GT/BA, 9.381, -1.169
7) Tom Sheehan, Belle Vernon, Pa., '00 Sebring, GT/IA, 10.343, -1.157
8) Leon Miranian, Queensbury, N.Y., '68 Corvette, SS/DA, 9.357, -1.143
9) Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 9.860, -1.140
10) Guy DesJardins, St. Bruno, Quebec, '67 Camaro, SS/FA, 9.611, -1.139

STOCK ELIMINATOR

1) Bill Hawk, Manassas, Va., '67 Shelby, B/SA, 10.353 seconds, -1.197 (under index)
2) Bud Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '95 Camaro, D/SA, 10.673, -1.177
3) Katie Sepanek, Moosic, Pa., '72 Chevelle, I/SA, 11.467, -1.133
4) Bobby Warren, Clinton, N.C., '98 Firebird, C/SA, 10.569, -1.131
5) David Ficacci, E. Hanover, N.J., '69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.191, -1.109
6) Raymond Skipper Jr., Richmond, Va., '95 Camaro, B/SA, 10.446, -1.104
7) Gary Parker, Southwick, Mass., '77 Camaro, H/SA, 11.355, -1.095
8) Monty Bogan, Manassas, S.C., '01 Firebird, A/SA, 10.206, -1.094
9) Barry Parker, Southwick, Mass., '69 Camaro, A/SA, 10.209, -1.091
10) Victor Guilmino, Martinsburg, W.V., '71 Mustang, C/SA, 10.628, -1.072

TOP SPORTSMAN

1) Chris Rini, Carmel, N.Y., '07 Stratus, 6.503 seconds, 212.43 mph
2) John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., '57 Bel Air, 6.571, 211.79
3) John Prime, Thomastown, Conn., '68 Camaro, 6.713, 206.92
4) Fred Gallo, Shirley, N.Y., '08 Cobalt, 6.887, 197.13
5) Jeff Brooks, Fredericksburg, Va., '51 Henry J, 6.966, 197.65
6) Ronnie Proctor, Harpers Ferry, W.V., '02 Mustang, 7.001, 199.29
7) Bo Kenney, Manassas, Va., '08 Cobalt, 7.082, 191.67
8) Frank Patille, Landenberg, Pa., '02 Firebird, 7.123, 191.89
9) Tommy Daras, Acokeek, N.D., '62 Bel Air, 7.176, 191.62
10) Michael Kaufman, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., '67 Corvette, 7.266, 189.92

TOP DRAGSTER

1) Mike Gardner, Haymarket, Va., dragster, 6.693 seconds, 197.74 mph
2) Alan O'Brien, Roncerverte, W.V., dragster, 6.923, 190.16
3) Bill Empke, W Palm Beach, Fla., dragster, 6.986, 195.05
4) Malinda Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., dragster, 7.010, 190.24
5) Wade Lanier, Palm Bch Gardens, Fla., dragster, 7.090, 188.75
6) Gary Koebbe, Fairfield, Conn., dragster, 7.094, 189.34
7) Nick Rakowski, Phoenixville, Pa., dragster, 7.130, 189.76
8) John Maggiulli Jr, Chester, N.J., dragster, 7.135, 188.89
9) John Weidner, Lake Worth, Fla., dragster, 7.196, 190.27
10) Joe DiPasquale, Palmyra, N.J., dragster, 7.199, 184.35

-credit: nhra

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