NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series - Final Results from Atco Raceway in
NHRA LUCAS OIL DRAG RACING SERIES - NHRA NORTHEAST DIVISION
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2004
McPhillips and Manzo winners at Atco Raceway
ATCO, N.J. - After two days of NHRA drag racing action, NHRA's Northeast Division wrapped up their final Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event of the season today, crowning winners in eight racing categories.
Among the categories competing this weekend were the 250-mph Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars. When the smoke had finally cleared in those two categories, Rich McPhillips was the victor in Dragster, while Frank Manzo was the winner in Funny Car.
Today's win was the first victory of the year for McPhillips, who hails from Phoenixville, Pa. In the final round, McPhillips defeated former Northeast Division Champion, Cliff Bozzelli of Absecon, N.J., with a time of 5.704 seconds at 255.63 mph.
In contrast to McPhillips, Manzo earned his fifth Northeast Division victory of the year, helping him to secure his 15th divisional championship, tying him with all-time leader Vern Moats of Des Moines, Iowa. In his final round bout, Manzo laid down a pass of 5.728 seconds at 256.55 mph to take the win over Billy Gibson of Chaptico, Md.
In other racing action, Concords, N.C., racer Jerry Hemmingson defeated West Chester, Pa., runner Jonathan Aloisio in Comp Eliminator, while the win in Super Stock was earned by Lincoln Morehead of Marlboro, N.Y., over Manalapan, N.J., racer Ray Scardelli.
Taking the Stock Eliminator win was Fred Thibeault of Annapolis, N.S., over Bill Quinn of Winfield, N.J.
In Super Comp, Doug Doll of Lititz, Pa., earned back-to-back Northeast Division wins when he defeated Old Bridge Township Raceway Park winner Ken Moses of Colonia, N.J., in the class final.
The Super Gas winner was Lenard Marshall of Orange, Va., with his '63 Corvette, In the final, Marshall eliminated Dean Mathauser of Newport News, Va.
Earning the victory on Super Street was Don Rudolph of Massapequa Park, N.Y. In the final Rudolph took out fellow New York racer Don Sabin of Maspeth.
The following are the Saturday's final elimination results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event being held this weekend at Atco Raceway:
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER:
4) Sheila Tafur, Higganum, Conn., 5.533, 263.77 def. 5) Ken Winward, Wilmington, Del., 5.811,
2) Daniel Mercier, St. Timothee, Quebec, 6.022, 249.12 def. 7) Paul Sylvester, Townsend, Del.,
1) Cliff Bozzelli, Absecon, N.J., 5.465, 260.71 def. 8) Steven Cantrell, Wilmington, Del.,
3) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.573, 263.92 def. 9) Mike Burns, Bisbee, Ariz., broke
McPhillips, 5.610, 261.83 def. Mercier, 6.319, 187.18
Bozzelli, 5.429, 261.88 def. Tafur, foul
McPhillips, 5.704, 255.63 def. Bozzelli, 10.842, 71.88
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR
5) Frank Schuster, Chesterfield, N.J., '03 Camaro, 6.728, 210.77 def. 4) Eric Lourie,
Terryville, Conn., '02 Camaro, 12.230, 62.64
2) Mickey Ferro, Stamford, Conn., '01 Camaro, 6.037, 242.32 def. 7) Craig English, Mount Holly,
N.J., '98 Mustang, 6.425, 223.76
3) Billy Gibson, Chaptico, Md., '04 Firebird, 6.059, 246.93 def. 6) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J.,
'00 Camaro, 6.097, 239.78
1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '02 Firebird, 5.668, 254.52 was unopposed
Gibson, 5.989, 249.81 def. Ferro, 6.124, 228.23
Manzo, 5.655, 256.60 def. Schuster, broke
Manzo, 5.728, 256.55 def. Gibson, 14.153, 30.98
Jerry Hemmingson, Concord, N.C., '02 Cavalier, B/A, 7.191, 173.41 def. Jonathan Aloisio, West
Chester, Pa., '98 Grand Am, B/SM, 8.174, 166.09
Lincoln Morehead, Marlboro, N.Y., '87 Camaro, GT/EA, 9.923, 125.08 def. Ray Scardelli,
Manalapan, N.J., '97 Probe, GT/H, 9.905, 134.23
Fred Thibeault, Annapolis, N.S., '69 Camaro, B/SA, 10.319, 121.18 def. Bill Quinn, Winfield,
N.J., '67 Camaro, F/SA, 11.106, 116.03
Doug Doll Jr., Lititz, Pa., dragster, 10.458, 93.52 def. Ken Moses, Colonia, N.J., dragster,
Lenard Marshall, Orange, Va., '63 Corvette, 9.908, 149.50 def. Dean Mathauser, Newport News,
Va., '67 GTO, 9.902, 145.00
Don Rudolph, Massapequa Park, N.Y., '62 Nova, 10.900, 128.07 def. Don Sabin, Maspeth, N.Y., '80 Malibu, 10.919, 124.98