MANZO, REICHERT TOP QUALIFYING EFFORTS AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY READING, Pa. -- In the first rounds of qualifying at Maple Grove Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Boat N RV, Frank Manzo tops the Top Alcohol...
MANZO, REICHERT TOP QUALIFYING EFFORTS AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY
READING, Pa. -- In the first rounds of qualifying at Maple Grove Raceway's NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Boat N RV, Frank Manzo tops the Top Alcohol Funny Car class and Bill Reichert leads in Top Alcohol Dragster. Both men are defending Lucas Oil Series national champions and Manzo held off 14 competitors vying to make the 8-car field while Reichert out ran 12 other racers.
Manzo, of Morganville, N.J., outpaced Bob Tasca III, Cranston, R.I., to take the No. 1 qualifying spot. Manzo ran 5.615 seconds at 259.36 mph to Tasca's 5.655-second, 255.43 mph effort. In the first round of eliminations Saturday Manzo will face No. 8 qualifier Fred Tigges of Holbrook, Mass.
Reichert's 5.320-second pass at 272.34 mph was just enough to give the Owosso, Mich., racer the edge over Aaron Olivarez of Sandy, Utah. Olivarez, who is wheeling the entry owned by former NHRA Northeast division and national champion Arthur Gallant, made a 5.347-second, 268.17 mph pass. Reichert will take on eighth-place qualifier Karen Stalba, Hammonton, N.J., in the opening round of eliminations Saturday.
Dix Hills, N.Y., resident Vinny Barone set the pace in Comp Eliminator, Jim Boburka, Corapolis, Pa., is No. 1 in Super Stock, and Tom Kreeber, Rensselaer, N.Y., tops the field in Stock Eliminator. Top Sportsman racer Fred Gallo, Shirley, N.Y., is No. 1 in his class and Broomall, Pa., resident Duke Roney III leads Top Dragster qualifiers.
Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway. Gates open at 8 a.m. both days. Final qualifying and time trials are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and all classes will run at least one round of eliminations. Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will run all three rounds of eliminations starting at 5 p.m. A fireworks show is slated to follow the final round of Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car. Eliminations continue Sunday at 9 a.m.
Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Boat N RV are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 6 to 11 years old are $6 each day and kids 5 and under are admitted free. There is a Saturday Special price of $25 per carload to the spectator side of the track.
For more information call Maple Grove Raceway, (610) 856-7812, or visit www.MapleGroveRaceway.com.