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PETERSBURG RESIDENT YOUNG LEADS QUALIFIERS AT VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK PETERSBURG, Va. (May 1, 2009) -- The opening rounds of qualifying are complete at Virginia Motorsports Park's Full Throttle Shootout, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag...

PETERSBURG RESIDENT YOUNG LEADS QUALIFIERS AT VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK

PETERSBURG, Va. (May 1, 2009) -- The opening rounds of qualifying are complete at Virginia Motorsports Park's Full Throttle Shootout, a round of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Local Top Dragster racer, Kenny Young of Petersburg, is No. 1 in his class while John Finke of Selkirk, N.Y., leads the Top Alcohol Dragster contingent and Top Alcohol Funny Car ace Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., set the pace in that category. There were a total of 13 Top Alcohol Dragsters and 14 Top Alcohol Funny Cars at VMP vying for a spot in the eight-car fields.

Finke's 5.382-second, 261.78 mph lap in the final qualifying session was just enough to put him ahead of Mike Kosky of Cuddy, Pa. Kosky ran 5.385 seconds at 262.79 mph. Finke will take on No. 8 qualifier Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del. in the first round of eliminations Saturday. Reigning Top Alcohol Dragster national champ Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., is qualified in the No. 3 slot.

Manzo, who is the defending division and national Top Alcohol Funny Car champion, outran the No. 2 qualifier, John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., by more than a tenth of a second. Manzo ran 5.554 seconds at 259.51 mph to Anderika's 5.656-second, 251.39 mph pass. Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., is qualified in the No. 3 position.

David Allen, Sewickly, Pa., leads the Comp Eliminator field and Jon Richardson, Lexington, N.C., wheeled his '67 Camaro to the top of the Super Stock ladder. Westfield, Mass., resident Gary Parker is No. 1 in Stock Eliminator in his '75 Camaro and John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., and his '57 Bel Air lead the Top Sportsman class.

Racing continues Saturday at Virginia Motorsports Park. Gates open at 8 a.m. and final qualifying and time trials are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eliminations will follow immediately. Racers in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run first round at noon.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Virginia Motorsports Park are $15. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Virginia Motorsports Park is located approximately 30 minutes south of Richmond at 8018 Boydton Plank Road. For more information call the track, (804) 862-3174, or visit www.VirginiaMotorsports.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results, including first round pairings for TAD and TAFC, from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Virginia Motorsports Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.382 seconds, 261.78 mph
2) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.385, 262.79
3) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.419, 266.48
4) Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5.450, 260.97
5) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.451, 264.91
6) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.475, 264.03
7) Artie Allen, Jacksonville, Fla., 5.502, 256.26
8) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.566, 254.66

Not Qualified
9) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 5.687, 244.60
10) Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson, Texas, 5.713, 245.00
11) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.839, 246.30
12) Bob Weickgenannt, Marriottsville, Va., 5.852, 238.81
13) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.886, 257.28

First round TAD pairings

1) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.382 seconds, 261.78 mph vs. 8) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.566, 254.66

2) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.385, 262.79 vs. 7) Artie Allen, Jacksonville, Fla., 5.502, 256.26

3) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.419, 266.48 vs. 6) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.475, 264.03

4) Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5.450, 260.97 vs. 5) Duane Shields, Boulder City, Nev., 5.451, 264.91

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.554 seconds, 259.51 mph
2) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.656, 251.39
3) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '09 Impala, 5.713, 254.90
4) Fred Tigges, Holbrook, Mass., '01 Avenger, 5.736, 255.19
5) Neal Parker, Millville, N.J., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.830, 241.71
6) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.970, 244.52
7) Larry Dobbs, Welland, Ont., '01 Corvette, 5.999, 235.31
8) Rob Atchison, London, Ont., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.009, 243.63

Not Qualified
9) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '08 Mustang, 6.015, 238.34
10) Melinda Green-King, Norfolk, Va., '08 Mustang, 6.024, 232.99
11) John Fiorini, Dalton, Mass., '00 Avenger, 6.265, 236.84
12) William Fulford, Virginia Beach, Va., '03 Corvette, 6.362, 218.80
13) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 8.475, 106.77
14) Jason McKnight, Barrie, Ont., '08 Impala, (no time)

First round TAFC pairings

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.554 seconds, 259.51 mph vs. 8) Rob Atchison, London, Ont., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.009, 243.63

2) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.656, 251.39 vs. 7) Larry Dobbs, Welland, Ont., '01 Corvette, 5.999, 235.31

3) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '09 Impala, 5.713, 254.90 vs. 6) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.970, 244.52

4) Fred Tigges, Holbrook, Mass., '01 Avenger, 5.736, 255.19 vs. 5) Neal Parker, Millville, N.J., '05 Monte Carlo, 5.830, 241.71

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) David Allen, Sewickley, Pa., '09 GXP, BB/AM, 6.856 seconds, -0.634 (under index)
2) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 8.040, -0.610
3) Dave Yediny, Nazareth, Pa., '71 Opel, L/A, 8.887, -0.603
4) Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., '06 GTO, D/AA, 7.683, -0.597
5) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., '93 Beretta, I/AA, 8.197, -0.593
6) Allen Stanfield, Fredericksburg, Va., '98 Grand Am, H/SM, 8.994, -0.566
7) Michael Hardee, Hampstead, N.C., '05 Sunfire, E/SM, 8.533, -0.557
8) Vinny Barone, Dix Hills, N.Y., '34 Chevrolet, A/SR, 7.848, -0.552
9) Frank Aragona Jr., Freehold, N.J., '32 Bantam, G/EA, 8.329, -0.551
10) Joe Carnasciale, Cranston, R.I., '92 Camaro, I/SM, 9.127, -0.543

SUPER STOCK
1) Jon Richardson, Lexington, N.C., '67 Camaro, SS/AS, 8.684 seconds, -1.216 (under index)
2) Melvin Daniels, Yardley, Pa., '68 Dart, SS/AH, 8.576, -1.174
3) Norm Hall, Waldorf, Md., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.533, -1.167
4) Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 9.847, -1.153
5) Hunt Sharron, Greensboro, N.C., '87 Camaro, GT/CA, 9.548, -1.152
6) Bob Bagley, Fredricksburg, Va., '02 Camaro, GT/GA, 10.073, -1.127
7) Brian Van Poppel, Perry Hall, Md., '85 Camaro, SS/KA, 10.442, -1.108
8) Tom Sheehan, Belle Vernon, Pa., '00 Sebring, GT/IA, 10.398, -1.102
9) Edward Alessi, Bethpage, N.Y., '02 Firebird, GT/AA, 9.302, -1.098
10) Ralph Porpora, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., '66 Corvette, SS/B, 9.120, -1.080

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Gary Parker, Westfield, Mass., '75 Camaro, H/SA, 11.145 seconds, -1.305 (under index)
2) Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., '69 Camaro, C/SA, 10.444, -1.256
3) Bud Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '94 Camaro, B/SA, 10.294, -1.256
4) Bobby Warren, Clinton, N.C., '98 Firehawk, C/SA, 10.457, -1.243
5) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.519, -1.231
6) Jack Matyas, Bethlehem, Pa., '00 Pontiac, B/SA, 10.342, -1.208
7) J. Wayne Totaro, Baltimore, Md., '02 Firebird, B/SA, 10.461, -1.089
8) Greg Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '90 Camaro, K/SA, 11.863, -1.087
9) Ralph Porpora, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., '69 Camaro, A/S, 10.170, -1.080
10) Mike Moyer, Sandston, Va., '78 Firebird, J/SA, 11.670, -1.080

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., '57 Bel Air, 6.733 seconds, 202.52 mph
2) Matthew Buck, Lantana, Fla., '96 Firebird, 6.810, 203.65
3) Jeff Brooks, Fredericksburg, Va., '51 Henry J, 6.949, 197.28
4) Glenn Teets Jr., Manassas, Va., '08 GTO, 6.954, 198.70
5) William Brown III, Chesapeake, Va., '05 Grand Am, 7.019, 188.57
6) Ronnie Proctor, Harpers Ferry, W.V., '02 Mustang, 7.067, 193.99
7) Frank Maiolo, White Plains, N.Y., '07 GTO, 7.174, 190.73
8) Michael Kaufman, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., '67 Corvette, 7.241, 189.47
9) Bernard Goode, Richmond, Va., '99 Monte Carlo, 7.290, 187.94
10) Arthur DeCesare, Oakdale, N.Y., '63 Corvette, 7.292, 188.41

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Kenny Young, Petersburg, Va., dragster, 6.778 seconds, 206.23 mph
2) Al Miller, Chester, Md., dragster, 6.832, 195.85
3) James Monroe, Bloomington, Ind., dragster, 6.867, 195.22
4) Jeff Serra, Reingolds, Pa., dragster, 6.954, 191.92
5) Doug Doll, Lititz, Pa., dragster, 6.987, 190.97
6) Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., dragster, 7.055, 187.86
7) Mark Brown, Lake Worth, Fla., dragster, 7.059, 188.81
8) Jason Hoff, Littlestown, Pa., dragster, 7.074, 187.52
9) Frank Altilio, Ocoee, Fla., dragster, 7.094, 189.90
10) Scott Giordano, Staten Island, N.Y., dragster, 7.126, 186.36

-credit: nhra

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