NE: Series Atco Sunday summary

Manzo, Bourke Win at Atco Raceway ATCO, N.J. (October 4, 2009) -- Atco Raceway's June NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event was forced to complete this weekend due to unfavorable weather conditions. With two events on the divisional calendar,...

Manzo, Bourke Win at Atco Raceway

ATCO, N.J. (October 4, 2009) -- Atco Raceway's June NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event was forced to complete this weekend due to unfavorable weather conditions. With two events on the divisional calendar, the track was able to give the fans a jam packed weekend with double the excitement. The Top Alcohol classes are now in the books which completes the first event. New Jersey residents Richard Bourke of Old Tappan and Frank Manzo of Morganville, went rounds and picked up the wins.

Bourke was able to seize his first Top Alcohol Dragster win after a slow start to the season. The No.3 qualifier laid down a 5.335 second, 266.69 mph pass which defeated the top qualifier John Finke of Selkirk, N.Y. Finke has a sizable lead in division points and is likely to earn another Northeast championship.

The Top Alcohol Funny Car category was once again overpowered by Lucas Oil sponsored Manzo. This marks his six divisional victory of the year and puts an exclamation point on his perfect season by receiving the most points possible on his score card. Manzo made his way out of the top qualifying position and posted a 5.558 second, 262.44 mph pass in the final.

Due to a demanding event schedule, the remaining classes of the second event will be finished tomorrow morning. Four rounds have been completed with final eliminations to follow. For more information please call Atco Raceway, (856) 768-2167.

The following are Sunday's final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northeast Division LODRS 1-3 at Atco Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:

Round 1
4) Darren Nicholson, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5.434, 262.64 def. 5) Darvin Martinets, Lake Jackson, Texas, 6.502, 156.19;

3) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.522, 251.86 def. 6) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 9.991, 72.03;

2) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.575, 253.37 def. 7) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 7.047, 127.16;

1) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.378, 264.75 def. 8) Gene Arrigoni, Yorktown Hts, N.Y., broke;

Semifinals
Bourke, 5.415, 261.27 def. McPhillips, foul; Finke, 5.404, 269.19 def. Nicholson, 5.449, 262.39;

Final
Bourke, 5.335, 266.69 def. Finke, 5.377, 272.72.

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

Round 1
3) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.616, 254.66 def. 6) DJ Cox, Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, broke;

5) Scott McNiece, Brick, N.J., '08 Mustang, 5.815, 246.03 def. 4) Jason McKnight, Barrie, Ont., '08 Impala, broke;

2) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.615, 258.62 def. 7) William Fulford, Virginia Beach, Va., '03 Corvette, broke;

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.557, 261.52 was unopposed;

Semifinals
Ferro, 5.604, 258.62 def. Anderika, 5.617, 254.86; Manzo, 5.531, 261.93 def. McNiece, 5.760, 247.88;

Final
Manzo, 5.558, 262.44 def. Ferro, foul.

-credit: nhra

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