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Manzo, Reichert Shine at Lucas Oil "Cavalcade of Stars" NORWALK, Ohio -- Final qualifying is complete at the Budweiser/Ohio Lottery NHRA Lucas Oil "Cavalcade of Stars". Among the stars were two defending Lucas Oil champions Frank...

Manzo, Reichert Shine at Lucas Oil "Cavalcade of Stars"

NORWALK, Ohio -- Final qualifying is complete at the Budweiser/Ohio Lottery NHRA Lucas Oil "Cavalcade of Stars". Among the stars were two defending Lucas Oil champions Frank Manzo in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Bill Reichert in Top Alcohol Dragster. Both drivers finished qualifying with impressive runs and will begin eliminations on Sunday in the number one position.

10-time Lucas Oil Champion Manzo of Morganville, N.J., was the star of the show in Saturday's qualifying running a pass of 5.614 seconds at 260.91 mph. Marty Nothstein of Orefield, Penn., with only two years of Top Alcohol Funny Car driving experience under his belt, grabbed the second qualifying position with a pass of 5.656 seconds at 254.76 mph. Interestingly, Nothstein is also a well accomplished cyclist having won an Olympic gold and silver medal, seven world championships and 35 national titles.

Reichert of Owosso, Mich., jumped from the number four position to the top of the field with an outstanding pass of 5.321 seconds at 266.37 mph in Top Alcohol Dragster. Reichert pushed Ken Perry back to the number two position who made a qualifying run of 5.364 seconds at 263.62 mph.

In Comp Eliminator it was Jeff Taylor of Floyds Kobb, Ind., that surpassed the field qualifying with a pass of 8.715 seconds. Taylor outran number two qualifier Jason Coan of Greentown, Ind., who drove a '32 Bantam.

In the race for the Top Sportsman crown, Scott Ray of Greenville, Ohio will start eliminations as the driver to beat with a top speed of 219.36 mph and a pass of 6.521 seconds. The next best qualifier was local racer Scott Wasko of Columbia Station, Ohio who ran 6.672 seconds at 206.57 mph. Also clinching the number one position was Cassie Simanton of Spring Lake Park, Minn., in Top Dragster with a time of 6.629 seconds at 200.77 mph. Simanton held off David Jamison of Twinsburg, Ohio, who took the number two qualifying spot.

Super Stock driver Dave Layer of Dayton, Ohio, held on to the number one position in Super Stock over John Higgins of Fayetteville, N.C. Layer, driving a '85 Camaro, ran a pass of 10.126 seconds. Also qualifying on top was Stock Eliminator pilot Tony Goodman of Zeeland, Mich. Goodman edged out Phil Pierce of New Carlisle, Ohio for the second day in the row. Pro Stock Snowmobile racer Edwin Wirbel of Midland, Mich., continued to outrun the field with a pass of 8.446 seconds at 150.16 mph.

Gates open on Sunday at 7 a.m. Eliminations continue at 9 a.m., pre-race ceremonies are scheduled for 12:30 and the first round of Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations will follow. Tickets are $20 for adults, children age 6-12 are $5, and children 5 & under are free. For more information please call the track at 419-668-5555 or visit www.SummitMotorsportsPark.com.

-credit: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Scott Ray , Frank Manzo , Ken Perry , Bill Reichert