MOHNTON, Pa. --
Wed, 10 Oct 2012, 12:26 PM
Manzo Wins 100th; Clinches 16th Championship
Courtesy of NHRA Communications
Frank Manzo raced to his 100th NHRA National Event win today and clinched his 16th NHRA Lucas Oil
Drag Racing Series Top Alcohol Funny Car National Championship in doing so.
Manzo celebrates 100th win.
Manzo, who increased his final round win streak to 39, qualified No. 1 and ran strong all weekend
including an event low 5.486 second pass in round 2 to beat Paul Gill. The Morganville, N.J.,
racer faced off with Paul Noakes in the final posting a 5.508 second lap at 263.20 for the win.
Noakes was out first with a great .005 second reaction time and a nice 5.611 second lap but it was
not enough for Manzo.
Manzo defeated Noakes
In Top Alcohol Dragster it was a pair of class heavyweights going to battle as Bill Reichert met up
with Chris Demke with the 5-time national champion Reichert posting a 5.286 second run at 286 mph
for the win. Reichert ran 5.20's and .30's all day coming out of the No. 1 qualifying spot. Demke
had troubles right from the start and slowed to a 6.292 in the final.
Reichert defeated Demke
Calvin Hill beat a pair of national champions in his final two rounds to take the trophy in Comp
Eliminator. Hill first went up against Al Alkerman in his semifinal round, winning with an 8.075
second lap to advance to the final with Sal Biondo. Both drivers left early with red-lights giving
Hill the win.
Hill defeated Biondo
Father and son went to battle in the Super Gas final with Dad coming out on top as Al Kenney beat
his son Jason for his 5th national event win. Al went 9.906 at 158 mph as Jason jumped the start
by .009 seconds with a foul start.
Bryan Worner, Craig Marshall, Jack Sepanek and Al Kenny
Jack Sepanek used a near perfect reaction time of .008 seconds to grab his first NHRA national
event win in Super Comp. Sepanek beat out Chase Fahnestock with a time of 8.934, 169.78.
Sepanek defeated Fahnestock
The final two trophies went to Craig Marshall and Bryan Worner in Stock and Super Stock
respectively. Marshall drove his Dodge Dart to a 10.952 second lap to defeat Kelly MacKay by three
feet and Worner knocked out Anthony Bertozzi in his Camaro running 10.021 at 107.66 mph.
Alan Kenny defeated Jason Kenny
The following are the final results from the Auto-Plus NHRA National and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series event at Maple Grove Raceway:
Top Alcohol Dragster
Bill Reichert, 5.286, 268.12 def. Chris Demke, 6.292, 119.87.
Top Alcohol Funny Car
Bryan Worner defeated Bertozzi
Frank Manzo, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.508, 263.20 def. Paul Noakes, Ford Mustang, 5.611, 256.65.
Calvin Hill, Pontiac Grand Am, 8.667, 120.54 def. Sal Biondo, Chevy Cavalier, foul.
Craig Marshall defeated MacKay
Bryan Worner, Chevy Camaro, 10.021, 107.66 def. Anthony Bertozzi, Pontiac Grand Am, 12.029, 69.45.
Craig Marshall, Dodge Dart, 10.952, 115.02 def. Kelly MacKay, Plymouth Duster, 11.211, 115.81.
Jack Sepanek, Dragster, 8.934, 169.78 def. Chase Fahnestock, Dragster, 8.921, 170.56.
Alan Kenny, Chevy Corvette, 9.906, 158.56 def. Jason Kenny, Corvette, foul.
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