INAUGURAL NHRA EVENT KICKS OFF AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK NORWALK, Ohio -- Over 500 racers converged on Summit Motorsports Park today for the inaugural running of the Budweiser/Ohio Lottery NHRA Lucas Oil "Cavalcade of Stars".
INAUGURAL NHRA EVENT KICKS OFF AT SUMMIT MOTORSPORTS PARK
NORWALK, Ohio -- Over 500 racers converged on Summit Motorsports Park today for the inaugural running of the Budweiser/Ohio Lottery NHRA Lucas Oil "Cavalcade of Stars". Number one qualifiers for today were Top Alcohol Funny Car driver and defending national champion Frank Manzo and Top Alcohol Dragster pilot Dave Heitzman.
Manzo of Morganville, N.J., used his vast championship experience to jump out to a quick start with a pass of 5.671 seconds at 260.36 mph. John Foster of Davenport, Iowa, took the next position behind Manzo with a run of 5.727 seconds at 249.81 mph.
Heitzman of Decatur, Mich., edged out Ken Perry of Gormley, Ont., by a slim margin to lead day one of qualifying in Top Alcohol Dragster. Hietzman ran 5.417 seconds at 263.41 mph while, Perry qualified with a time of 5.458 seconds at 258.71 mph. Defending Lucas Oil National Champion Bill Reichert of Owosso, Mich., clinched the fourth spot with a run of 5.537 seconds at 274.94 mph.
Greenville, Ohio racer Scott Ray got out to a quick start with a pass of 6.521 seconds at 182.35 mph in Top Sportsman taking the top spot. Also qualifying in the first position was Cassie Simanton of Spring Lake Park, Minn., taking the field with a pass of 6.629 seconds at 200.77 mph in Top Dragster.
Comp Eliminator driver Jeff Taylor of Floyds Kobb, Ind., ran a pass of 8.715 seconds driving a '07 Cobalt to take the first position, while Jason Coan of Greentown, Ind., qualified next in a '32 Bantam.
Dayton, Ohio, resident Dave Layer qualified at the front of the pack in Super Stock with a time of 10.126 seconds. Layer, driving a '85 Camaro, qualified just ahead of John Higgins of Fayetteville, N.C., driving a '06 Cobalt.
Tony Goodman of Zeeland, Mich., finished the day strong run with a time of 11.111 seconds, while Phil Pierce of New Carlisle, Ohio, landed the second qualifying spot in Stock Eliminator. Pro Stock Snowmobile racer Edwin Wirbel of Midland, Mich., also led the field reaching a top speed of 149.56 mph.
Gates open on Saturday at 7 a.m. with racing kicking off at 9 a.m. Saturday night racing concludes with a spectacular fireworks show at 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, children age 6-12 are $5, and children 5 & under are free. For more information please call the track at 419-668-5555 or visit www.SummitMotorsportsPark.com.