The sun was shining and the temperatures were high here at Maple Grove for the first official day of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Over 560 cars are on the grounds and ready for what the rest of the weekend has in store.
Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster and Competition Eliminator qualified today in preparation for the big Showdown at Sundown tomorrow night.
After the first session of qualifying for Top Alcohol Funny Car is was Phil Burkart who held the provisional #1 qualifier slot with a 5.686 E.T. However, it is Tony Bartone who ended the second session of qualifying as the #1 qualifier with a 5.544 E.T. As of tonight in Top Alcohol Funny Car are Tony Bartone, Phil Burkart, Mathew Gill, Tyler Scott, DJ Cox, Marie Ferriolo, Dan Pomponio and John Headley who sits on the bump of the top eight.
In Top Alcohol Dragster, after two sessions of qualifying, Rich McPhillips is the #1 qualifier with a 5.343 E.T. McPhillips is followed by Josh Hart, John Finke, Dan Mercier, Karen Stalba, Frank Schuster, and Jackie Fricke who sits on the bump to round off the top eight.
Frederick Perkins is the #1 qualifier in Top Sportsman with a 6.766 E.T. The rest of the top eight in Top Sportsman are Ronald Proctor, Ray Bamond, Jeff Brooks, Glen Puluse, Mark Payne, Timothy Weise and sitting on the bump is Arnold Agar .
Pennsylvania local Doug Doll, is the #1 qualifier for Competition Eliminator with a 7.411 E.T. Doll is followed by Thomas Miller, Al Ackerman, Patrick Ross, Peter Luciano, Don Eckel, Frank Aragona and Chip Ippolito in the top eight of Comp.
In Top Dragster, with an E.T of 6.213 it is Alan O’Brien who is the #1 qualifier. The rest of the top eight is made up of Alan Kenny, Frank Zeffiro, Chris Powers, Ernie Kendall, Kenneth Moses, Vince Musolino and Paul Neal.
Between time trials and qualifying sessions, teams have prepared the cars for tomorrow’s Showdown at Sundown which starts at 5 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. for the $25 carload special. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to witness ground pounding racing under the lights with some of the most talented drivers in drag racing.