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, 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.
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.
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.
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