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BIONDO, SILVEUS LEAD QUALIFIERS AT ORLANDO SPEED WORLD LUCAS OIL EVENT ORLANDO, Fla. (March 7, 2009) -- Qualifying fields are set at Orlando Speed World Dragway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., is the No. 1 ...

BIONDO, SILVEUS LEAD QUALIFIERS AT ORLANDO SPEED WORLD LUCAS OIL EVENT

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 7, 2009) -- Qualifying fields are set at Orlando Speed World Dragway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., is the No. 1 qualifier in Comp Eliminator and Jerry Silveus, Van Buren, Ohio, is the best qualifier in Super Stock. Biondo and Silveus are among the more than 400 driver on hand vying for points leading to divisional and national championships.

Biondo, behind the wheel of a '93 Beretta, made an 8.125-second pass, running .665 seconds under his index to put in the top spot. Friday's No. 1 qualifier in Comp Eliminator, Grant Lewis of Jessup, Ga., will start eliminations from the No. 2 spot.

Silveus was the best qualifier on Friday and remained in the spot to the end. He did not improve on his initial run but it was enough to keep him atop the field. Deland resident Terry Earwood is qualified in the seventh spot in Super Stock.

Doug Patrick, Boca Raton, Fla., is the top qualifier in Stock Eliminator and Robert Sellers of Daytona Beach, Fla., is No. 1 in Top Sportsman. Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., moved to the top of the Top Dragster field while Friday's best qualifier, Jeff Burnett of Orlando, slipped to No. 3. Lady Lakes racers Melissa Hutson and Darrin Kling finished qualifying in the No. 6 and No. 10 spots, respectively.

Racing continues Sunday at Orlando Speed World Dragway. Gates open at 8 a.m. and eliminations begin at 9 a.m. Top Dragster, Comp Eliminator and Top Sportsman will run first round at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Orlando Speed World Dragway are $25. Children 11 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Orlando Speed World Dragway is located east of Orlando on Colonial Road (Hwy. 50), 20 miles east of I-4 and 15 miles west of I-95. For more information call the track, (407) 568-2717, or visit www.SpeedWorldDragway.com.

The following are Saturday's final qualifying results at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Orlando Speed World Dragway:

COMPETITION ELIMINATOR
1) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., '93 Beretta, I/AA, 8.125 seconds, -0.665 (under index)
2) Grant Lewis, Jesup, Ga., '05 Grand Am, H/SMA, 8.927, -0.633
3) Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '07 GTO, F/AA, 7.971, -0.629
4) Anthony Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., dragster, D/ED, 7.366, -0.624
5) Ray Vierheller III, Barberton, Ohio, dragster, D/ED, 7.398, -0.592
6) Jenny Treadwell, Mt. Plymouth, Fla., dragster, E/ED, 8.259, -0.591
7) Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., '23 roadster, F/EA, 7.987, -0.583
8) David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '32 Bantam, A/EA, 7.293, -0.577
9) Dave Connolly, Bradenton, Fla., '34 Chevy, B/SR, 7.798, -0.542
10) Greg Kamplain, Brownsburg, Ind., dragster, C/ED, 7.337, -0.533

SUPER STOCK
1) Jerry Silveus, Van Buren, Ohio, '00 Cavalier, GT/DA, 9.439 seconds, -1.361 (under index)
2) Bobby Dennis, Shorter, Ala., '91 Calais, GT/MA, 10.702, -1.348
3) Dave Layer, Dayton, Ohio, '08 Cobalt, GT/FA, 9.785, -1.315
4) Rich South, Pataskala, Ohio, '05 Sunfire, GT/FA, 9.786, -1.314
5) Dennis Steward, Port Orange, Fla., '91 Daytona, GT/HA, 10.050, -1.300
6) Mark Nowicki, Gaylord, Mich., '98 Avenger, GT/HA, 10.174, -1.176
7) Terry Earwood, Deland, Fla., '85 Camaro, SS/KA, 10.375, -1.175
8) Tony Cafaro, Brandon, Fla., '02 Firebird, GT/HA, 10.188, -1.162
9) Arnie Martel, Tewksbury, Mass., '08 Cobalt, SS/BS, 8.790, -1.160
10) Allen Wade, Rochester, Ind., '69 Camaro, SS/DA, 9.365, -1.135

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) Doug Patrick, Boca Raton, Fla., '72 Cutlass, K/SA, 11.622 seconds, -1.328 (under index)
2) Gary Summers, Franklin, Ky., '85 Mustang, O/S, 12.084, -1.316
3) Greg Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '89 Camaro, K/SA, 11.635, -1.315
4) Randy Harrison, Orlando, Fla., '90 Camaro, K/SA, 11.640, -1.310
5) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.474, -1.276
6) Dustan Lowell, Kensington, N.H., '72 Duster, F/SA, 10.874, -1.276
7) Bud Rowe, Bridgeton, N.C., '94 Camaro, C/SA, 10.433, -1.267
8) Gary Richard, Bayshore, N.Y., '69 Camaro, C/SA, 10.480, -1.220
9) Randy Wilkes, Zanesville, Ohio, '02 Firebird, A/SA, 10.099, -1.201
10) Sal Biondo, Maspeth, N.Y., '67 Shelby, B/SA, 10.371, -1.179

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Robert Sellers, Daytona Beach, Fla., '06 Avenger, 6.646 seconds, 218.48 mph
2) Ronnie Davis, Suwanee, Ga., '63 Corvette, 6.814, 203.80
3) Matthew Buck, Lantana, Fla., '96 Firebird, 7.049, 197.13
4) Daniel Morrow, St. Petersburg, Fla., '09 GXP, 7.076, 196.79
5) Frank Maiolo, White Plains, N.Y., '07 GTO, 7.134, 192.91
6) Jeff Pittman, Conover, N.C., '68 Chevelle, 7.207, 189.47
7) Scott Lyons, Douglasville, Ga., '07 GTO, 7.294, 189.44
8) Mike Thompson, Naples, Fla., '03 Cavalier, 7.367, 186.82
9) Bruce Duncan, Crawfordville, Fla., '95 Camaro, 7.392, 184.35
10) Jeff Windholz, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., '97 Firebird, 7.403, 182.08

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., dragster, 6.828 seconds, 194.63 mph
2) Ray Miller, Spring Hill, Fla., dragster, 6.841, 195.00
3) Jeff Burnett, Orlando, Fla., '23 roadster, 6.852, 200.08
4) Scott Gibson, Sanford, Fla., dragster, 6.975, 191.21
5) Jeff Serra, Reingolds, Pa., dragster, 7.018, 191.97
6) Melissa Hutson, Lady Lake, Fla., dragster, 7.020, 192.71
7) Angela Travis, Hickory, N.C., dragster, 7.046, 187.05
8) Wayne Hofmann, New Preston, Conn., dragster, 7.056, 192.28
9) Steve Furr, Harrisburg, N.C., dragster, 7.082, 187.31
10) Darrin Kling, Lady Lake, Fla., dragster, 7.098, 187.55

-credit: nhra

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Drivers Terry Earwood , Dennis Steward , David Rampy , Sal Biondo , Randy Wilkes , Mike Thompson , Dave Connolly