NE: Maple Grove Friday summary

GALLANT, SCHUSTER TOP ALCOHOL FIELDS AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY'S LUCAS OIL EVENT READING, Pa. -- In the opening day of qualifying at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Boat N RV at Maple Grove Raceway, Arthur ...

GALLANT, SCHUSTER TOP ALCOHOL FIELDS AT MAPLE GROVE RACEWAY'S LUCAS OIL EVENT

READING, Pa. -- In the opening day of qualifying at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Boat N RV at Maple Grove Raceway, Arthur Gallant ant set the pace in Top Alcohol Dragster while Frank Schuster leads the Top Alcohol Funny Car contingent. There are more than 400 racers in 10 categories aiming for the winner's circle at the second of seven races in NHRA's Northeast division.

Former Top Alcohol Dragster national champion Gallant blistered the quarter-mile with a 5.252-second, 275.84 mph pass. The Boxboro, Mass., resident won the division's season opener in Virginia. Current Top Alcohol Dragster national champion Bill Reichert of Owosso, Mich., is the No. 2 qualifier after laying down a 5.327-second run at 276.86 mph.

Schuster, a resident of Chesterfield, N.J., wheeled his Firebird-bodied Funny Car to the top spot with a 5.672-second lap at 253.18 mph. Marc White of Glendale Heights, Ill., is the second-place qualifier with a 5.691-second, 254.09 mph run. Marty Nothstein, an Olympic medal winner from Orefield, Pa., who traded in his bicycle for a Funny Car, is the No. 5 qualifier and Top Alcohol Funny Car ace, Frank Manzo of Morganville, N.J., is qualified in the sixth spot.

Pete Hanratty, Speonk, N.Y., is the top qualifier in Comp Eliminator while Angelo Ditocco of Mahopac, N.Y., wheeled his '02 Firebird to the top of the Super Stock field. In Stock Eliminator, North Haledon, N.J., racer John Presing is the No. 1 qualifier. Chris Rini, Carmel, N.Y., tops the Top Sportsman field while Scott Mackie, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., heads up the Top Dragster class.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway. Gates open at 8 a.m. both days. Saturday's action will feature more qualifying and time trials as well as all three rounds of eliminations for Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car beginning at 5 p.m. A Giant Fireworks Show will follow the Top Alcohol finals. Eliminations for other classes will start at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series presented by Boat N RV are $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. A two-day ticket is $35.

Maple Grove's famous Saturday Night Carload price is $25 (does not include pit pass). Spectator gates for the Carload event open at 3 p.m.

Maple Grove Raceway is located 10 miles south of Reading off Route 10. From Pennsylvania Turnpike take exit 298 and go north on Route 10 for six miles. For more information call Maple Grove Raceway, (610) 856-7200, or visit www.MapleGroveRaceway.com.

The following are Friday's qualifying results and first round pairings for TAD and TAFC from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event presented by Boat N RV at Maple Grove Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER
1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.252 seconds, 275.84 mph
2) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.327, 276.86
3) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.369, 266.27
4) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.415, 272.89
5) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.423, 258.12
6) Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex, N.J., 5.455, 261.62
7) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.466, 264.96
8) Peter Gallen, Broomall, Pa., 5.495, 260.97

Not Qualified
9) Bruce Horner, Bergenfield, N.J., 5.661, 231.75
10) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.681, 245.58
11) Jackie Fricke, Flemington, N.J., 5.766, 253.42

First round TAD pairings
1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.252 seconds, 275.84 mph vs. 8) Peter Gallen, Broomall, Pa., 5.495, 260.97

2) Bill Reichert, Owosso, Mich., 5.327, 276.86 vs. 7) Richard Bourke, Old Tappan, N.J., 5.466, 264.96

3) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.369, 266.27 vs. 6) Dave DeAngelis, Middlesex, N.J., 5.455, 261.62

4) John Finke, Selkirk, N.Y., 5.415, 272.89 vs. 5) Dan Mercier, Montreal, Quebec, 5.423, 258.12

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
1) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 5.672 seconds, 253.18 mph
2) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.691, 254.09
3) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 5.709, 251.06
4) Eric Lourie, Terryville, Conn., '02 Camaro, 5.712, 251.72
5) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.743, 245.72
6) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.751, 253.61
7) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.763, 247.11
8) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.836, 246.53

Not Qualified
9) Fred Tigges, Holbrook, Mass., '01 Avenger, 5.858, 249.07
10) Wayne Morris, Lincoln Univ., Pa., '05 Stratus, 5.873, 242.45
11) Lou Sgro, Slatington, Pa., '06 Monte Carlo, 5.915, 238.47
12) Dan Roman, Wolcott, Conn., '97 Firebird, 7.472, 129.39
13) John Headley, Newportville, Pa., '00 Mustang, 9.056, 98.28
14) John Fiorini, Dalton, Mass., '00 Avenger, (no time)

First round TAFC pairings
1) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '02 Firebird, 5.672 seconds, 253.18 mph vs. 8) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.836, 246.53

2) Marc White, Glendale Hts., Ill., '08 Mustang, 5.691, 254.09 vs. 7) John Anderika, Pittson, Pa., '02 Camaro, 5.763, 247.11

3) DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., '02 Firebird, 5.709, 251.06 vs. 6) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '08 Monte Carlo, 5.751, 253.61

4) Eric Lourie, Terryville, Conn., '02 Camaro, 5.712, 251.72 vs. 5) Marty Nothstein, Orefield, Pa., '08 Impala, 5.743, 245.72

COMP ELIMINATOR
1) Pete Hanratty, Speonk, N.Y., dragster, A/DA, 6.525 seconds, -0.625 (under index)
2) Al Ackerman, Saddle Brook, N.J., dragster, F/D, 8.071, -0.619
3) Michael Hardee, Hampstead, N.C., '05 Sunfire, E/SM, 8.542, -0.618
4) Lee Zane, Perry Hall, Md., '32 Bantam, L/AA, 8.946, -0.604
5) Jake Crimmins, Farmingdale, N.J., '92 Achieva, AA/AM, 6.516, -0.594
6) John Frech, Warren, Ohio, dragster, F/D, 8.098, -0.592
7) Tony Terry, Forest, Va., '03 Cavalier, F/AA, 8.054, -0.586
8) Bill Griffin Jr., Norwalk, Conn., '05 Grand Am, C/EA, 8.140, -0.580
9) Charlie Greco, Berwyn, Pa., '06 GTO, B/EA, 7.762, -0.578
10) Stephen Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., dragster, F/ED, 8.276, -0.574

SUPER STOCK
1) Angelo Ditocco, Mahopac, N.Y., '02 Firebird, SS/HA, 9.557 seconds, -1.343 (under index)
2) John Armstrong, Kingston, N.S., '69 Corvette, SS/AA, 8.678, -1.322
3) Brian Oakes, Williamstown, N.J., '69 Camaro, SS/EA, 9.329, -1.321
4) Vic Santos, N. Reading, Pa., '85 Firebird, GT/HA, 10.097, -1.253
5) Joseph Franco III, N. Babylon, N.Y., '85 Camaro, GT/HA, 10.098, -1.252
6) Howard Barsky, Langhorne, Pa., '57 Chevy, SS/NA, 11.242, -1.208
7) Tom Sheehan, Belle Vernon, Pa., '00 Sebring, GT/IA, 10.304, -1.196
8) Jim Boburka, Coraopolis, Pa., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.506, -1.194
9) Norm Hall, Waldorf, Md., '05 Cavalier, GT/CA, 9.513, -1.187
10) Byron Worner, Duncannon, Pa., '96 Camaro, SS/IA, 9.822, -1.178

STOCK ELIMINATOR
1) John Presing, N. Haledon, N.J., '88 Mustang, DF/S, 11.711 seconds, -4.189 (under index)
2) Richard Adkins, Willingboro, N.J., '67 Shelby, B/S, 10.095, -1.405
3) Evan Smith, Linden, N.J., '93 Mustang, H/S, 10.974, -1.326
4) Dustan Lowell, Kensington, N.H., '72 Duster, F/SA, 10.844, -1.306
5) Bill Hawk, Manassas, Va., '67 Shelby, B/SA, 10.259, -1.291
6) Steve Szupka, Willow Grove, Pa., '85 Camaro, J/SA, 11.477, -1.273
7) Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.279, -1.271
8) David Ficacci, E. Hanover, N.J., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.298, -1.252
9) Dave Casey, Hampden, Mass., '86 Camaro, G/S, 10.952, -1.248
10) Gene Monahan, Brockton, Mass., '86 Firebird, J/SA, 11.512, -1.238

TOP SPORTSMAN
1) Chris Rini, Carmel, N.Y., '08 Stratus, 6.507 seconds, 211.23 mph
2) John Prime, Thomastown, Conn., '68 Camaro, 6.525, 213.47
3) Joe Dunne, Wolcott, Conn., '04 Grand Am, 6.635, 209.04
4) John Benoit, Montpelier, Vt., '57 Bel Air, 6.680, 201.07
5) Dana MacLeod, Wayland, Mass., '08 Cobalt, 6.826, 204.01
6) Terry Teets, Manassas, Va., '04 Cavalier, 6.882, 200.53
7) Fred Gallo, Shirley, N.Y., '08 Cobalt, 6.895, 201.19
8) Glenn Teets Jr., Manassas, Va., '08 GTO, 6.935, 200.41
9) Jeff Brooks, Fredericksburg, Va., '51 Henry J, 6.938, 198.26
10) Todd Fontana, Fair Lawn, N.J., '63 Corvette, 7.031, 196.85

TOP DRAGSTER
1) Scott Mackie, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., dragster, 6.683 seconds, 206.07 mph
2) Mike Gardner, Haymarket, Va., dragster, 6.819, 19.05
3) Wayne Hofmann, New Preston, Conn., dragster, 6.900, 195.90
4) Ed Alessi Jr., Bethpage, N.Y., dragster, 6.927, 193.54
5) Malinda Bertozzi, Ashland, Va., dragster, 6.949, 193.99
6) Bob Wolkwitz, Darien, Conn., dragster, 6.954, 191.35
7) Mike Sullivan, W Peabody, Mass., dragster, 7.037, 190.06
8) Nick Rakowski, Phoenixville, Pa., dragster, 7.051, 191.46
9) Gary Koebbe, Fairfield, Conn., dragster, 7.056, 190.14
10) Kevin Cash, Waynesboro, Va., dragster, 7.072, 191.78

-credit: nhra

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