Reichert, Manzo crush field at Summit Motorsports Park NORWALK, Ohio -- Racing has concluded at the inaugural running of the Budweiser/Ohio Lottery NHRA Lucas Oil "Cavalcade of Stars". Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Bill Reichert and...
Reichert, Manzo crush field at Summit Motorsports Park
NORWALK, Ohio -- Racing has concluded at the inaugural running of the Budweiser/Ohio Lottery NHRA Lucas Oil "Cavalcade of Stars". Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Bill Reichert and Top Alcohol Funny Driver Frank Manzo clinched victories and took home their share of cash and contingency awards worth more than $200,000.
After clinching the No. 1 position on Saturday it was smooth sailing for defending Lucas Oil National Champion Reichert of Owosso, Mich., during eliminations on Sunday. In the Semifinal, Reichert ran a top speed of 274.33 with a pass of 5.256 seconds defeating Dave Hirata of Lowell, Ind. Reichert then came back in the final and took on Dave Hedges Jr. of Plainwell, Mich. There was no chance for Hedges as Reichert pulled off the line and ran another impressive pass finishing with a time of 5.268 seconds at 275.73 mph. This is Reichert's second win of the season having clinched a victory at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals earlier this year.
Experience paid off for Manzo from Morganville, N.J. Manzo, having consistent runs all weekend, went up against 19 year-old Daniel Wilkerson of Springfield, IL., in the final. Manzo got off the line first and never looked back running a time of 5.540 seconds at 260.61 mph. Wilkerson finished with a pass of 6.092 seconds at 196.64 mph. This is Manzo's second win of the season having won earlier this year at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals and is also the 2006 Lucas Oil National Champion.
In Comp Eliminator, Jeff Taylor of Floyds Kobb, Ind., defeated Robert Bailey of Wabash, Ind., with a time of 8.835 seconds, while Todd Frantz of Louisville, Ky., earned a spot in the winner's circle in Super Stock. Frantz captured the win over Charlie Bohannon of Valley Station, Ky., with a time of 9.270 seconds. Stock Eliminator driver Jim Nichols of Centerburg, Ohio, also earned a victory over Bruce Kastle of Naperville, Ill., with pass of 10.560 seconds driving a '64 Savoy.
Milan, Mich., resident, Ricky Adkins, took home the trophy in Top Sportsman with a quick run of 7.124 seconds at 184.98 mph beating Howard Michael of Newport, Mich. Also running quick this weekend was Top Dragster racer John Maggiulli Jr. of Chester, N.J.,. Maggiulli ran a time of 7.315 seconds at 167.45 mph to earn the win over Top Sportsman winner Adkins.
In all other categories, Super Street driver Chris Balcom of Cincinnati, defeated Bud Gilbert of Port Huron, Mich., while Tim Schmidt of Masillon, Ohio, acquired the top prize over Corinne MacMillan from Ajax, Ont., in Super Gas. In the Super Comp category Dennis Rutherford of Newark, Ohio, ran a pass of 8.883 seconds to grab the win over Bill Webb of Centerburg, Ohio. Pro Stock Snowmobile driver Ron Bray of Anoka, Minn., also reigned supreme with a pass of 8.824 seconds.
The next stop for racers in the North Central Division is Route 66 Raceway in Chicago, Ill., on June 15 -- 17. For more information contact the track at 815-722-5500 or log onto to www.route66raceway.com.