NE: Petersburg Saturday finals summary

Gallant & Manzo Continue Their Success Through the Finals PETERSBURG, VA. -- Due to inclement weather predictions for Sunday May 4th NHRA and track officials extended racing hours both Friday and today in order to complete all ...

Gallant & Manzo Continue Their Success Through the Finals

PETERSBURG, VA. -- Due to inclement weather predictions for Sunday May 4th NHRA and track officials extended racing hours both Friday and today in order to complete all racing action. In the final round of Top Alcohol Dragster Arthur Gallant of Boxboro, Mass., took home the hardware with a time of 5.451 seconds at 270.92 mph narrowly defeating Dan Mercier from Montreal, Quebec. In Top Alcohol Funny Car, Morganville, N.J., resident Frank Manzo came from the No. 1 qualifying position to take top honors. Manzo's time of 6.493 seconds was good enough to defeat Marty Nothstein of Orefield, Pa., who ran into problems in the finals.

In Comp Eliminator Louisa, Va., resident Russell Joly fell one step short of victory falling in the finals to Tony Terry from Forest, Va., driving an '03 Cavalier. In Super Stock action James Antonette Jr who hails from New Hyde Park, N.Y., took the top spot with a time of 9.615 seconds at 124.60 mph. Jim Harrington accomplished the same feat in Stock Eliminator piloting his '90 Camaro to victory. Pete Luciano of Malvern, Pa., handed the win over to Brian Forrester from Parrish, Fla., when he fouled at the tree.

The '70 Dart of William Nycz from Pilesgrove Twp., N.J., made its way to winners circle much to the dismay of Vinny Laudicina of Boca Raton, Fla., who lost in the final round to Nycz. Tommy Daras took the win in the Top Sportsman category with a time of 7.510 seconds at 181.20 mph. Lastly Todd Wilkins who hails from Petersburg, Va., was one win light short of victory when he fell to Joe DiPasquale from Palmyra, N.J.

Northeast Division racers head to Maple Grove Raceway for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, May 23rd-25th.

The following are Saturday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division LODRS 1-1 at Virginia Motorsports Park:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:

ROUND ONE
4) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.501, 263.62 def 5) Arthur Allen, Jacksonville, Fla., 5.667, 254.04

3) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.631, 258.57 def 6) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 8.934, 92.64

2) Peter Gallen, Broomall, Pa., 12.813, 86.56 def 7) Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex, N.J., broke

1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.492, 246.75 def 8) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.910, 201.01

SEMI-FINALS
Mercier, 5.497, 254.90 def Gallen, 5.573, 252.61
Gallant, 5.472, 250.55 def Finke, 5.531, 264.08

FINALS
Gallant, 5.451, 270.92 def Mercier, 5.468, 260.11.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE
1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.668, 256.70 def 8) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ, Pa., '05 Stratus, 6.267, 218.97

2) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.924, 248.29 def 7) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '01 Cutlass, foul

3) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 5.819, 252.10 def 6) Melinda Green-King, Norfolk, Va., '08 Mustang, 8.666, 92.91

4) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 5.758, 250.23 def 5) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 6.471, 156.70

SEMI-FINALS
Nothstein, 5.662, 254.62 def Schuster, 6.561, 153.46
Manzo, 5.570, 260.36 def Cox Jr., foul

FINALS
Manzo, 6.493, 156.61 def Nothstein, 9.634, 88.93.

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.451, 270.92 def Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.468, 260.11.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '06 Monte Carlo, 6.493, 156.61 def Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 9.634, 88.93.

COMP ELIMINATOR
Tony Terry, Forest, Va., '03 Cavalier, F/AA, 8.065, 160.19 def Russell Joly, Louisa, Va., '07 Cobalt, F/AA, 8.155, 149.40.

SUPER STOCK
James Antonette Jr., New Hyde Park, N.Y., '98 Grand Am, SS/CS, 9.615, 124.60 def Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 9.891, 125.63.

STOCK ELIMINATOR
Jim Harrington, Chapel Hill, N.C., '90 Camaro, K/SA, 13.028, 78.18 def Don Pires Jr, Dighton, Mass., '72 Nova, H/SA, foul.

SUPER COMP
Chris DePascale, Parlin, N.J., dragster, 8.918, 157.36 def Cameron Manuel, Winston Salem, N.C., dragster, 8.891, 166.91.

SUPER GAS
Brian Forrester, Parrish, Fla., '63 Corvette, 15.637, 60.73 def Pete Luciano, Malvern, Pa., '68 Camaro, foul.

SUPER STREET
William Nycz, Pilesgrove Twp., N.J., '70 Dart, 10.927, 122.68 def Vinny Laudicina, Boca Raton, Fla., '83 Camaro, 10.900, 129.40.

TOP SPORTSMAN
Tommy Daras, Acokeek, N.D., '62 Bel Air, 7.510, 181.20 def Ed Foley, Warminster, Pa., '03 Cougar, 7.441, 185.46.

TOP DRAGSTER
Joe DiPasquale, Palmyra, N.J., dragster, 7.228, 179.80 def Todd Wilkins, Petersburg, Va., dragster, 7.493, 178.05.

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Frank Manzo , Dave DeAngelis , Brian Forrester , Byron Worner , Ed Foley