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White comes up on wrong end of Manzo's 5.57 JOLIET, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car driver Marc White pulled a bad round to run the six time defending World Champion Frank Manzo at this past weekend's NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in ...

White comes up on wrong end of Manzo's 5.57

JOLIET, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Funny Car driver Marc White pulled a bad round to run the six time defending World Champion Frank Manzo at this past weekend's NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, Ill. In the second round, White and Manzo squared off, but Manzo unloaded a 5.578 second elapsed time at 254.62 mph, the quickest of the year on White's game, but trailing 5.743 at 251.30 mph.

White, from just down the road in Glendale Heights, Ill., qualified the Etterman Racing Firebird with a 5.741 at 250.78 mph. In round one, he defeated Todd Veney with a 5.731 at 249.86 mph. Against Manzo, White gained a .443 to .475 holeshot, but couldn't hold off the champ's performance.

"We just struggled with our tune-up," said White. "The things that we ran earlier in the year just doesn't seem to work the same way. We struggled the whole weekend, and never really got the car to run the way we think it should have ran. We basically ran into a wrecking machine against Manzo, with his 5.57, that would have been hard to deal with. We're disappointed with the way we ran, but not discouraged. We'll keep working, and go to Maple Grove and try to right the ship."

With near ideal racing conditions forecasted once again for the team's next race the rescheduled Pep Boys NHRA Nationals presented by Greased Lightning at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., White and team hope to significantly improve on their Chicago showing.

"I see some things that we probably shouldn't have done," stated White. "We'll try not to make the same mistakes in Maple Grove. We'll just have to go there and give it our best. I think now, after looking at it, we have a little better handle on it. Time will tell."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Manzo , Todd Veney