By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This past weekend, the Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny Cars returned to Atco Dragway in Atco, New Jersey for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. While the NHRA Lucas Oil Series has competed at the track before, it has been several years since the Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars competed here.
Rain canceled Friday’s action and delayed much of Saturday’s racing. Saturday afternoon, the racing continued and saw two rounds of qualifying for the Top Alcohol cars.
In Top Alcohol Dragster, Wayne Morris defeated local driver Karen Stalba in the first semi-final pairing, as Morris went 5.410 to Stalba’s 5.441. The following pair saw Rich McPhillips defeat Canadian Jeff Veale, as McPhillips went 5.369 to Veale’s 14.934 after having trouble going down the track.
The final round paired two Pennsylvania natives facing off, as McPhillips went off against Morris. McPhillips would pick up the Wally with 5.323 to the 5.335 that Morris ran.
In the Top Alcohol Funny Car category, DJ Cox Jr. faced Tony Bartone in the first semi-final pairings. Cox Jr. went 5.738 to defeat Bartone, who had trouble and went 13.117.
Mickey Ferro faced local driver Dan Pomponio in the other semi-final pairing. Ferro went 5.612 to Pomponio’s 5.962.
The final round saw Whiteford, Maryland native Cox Jr. facing off against Stamford, Connecticut native Ferro. Cox Jr. would pick up the win after going 5.712 to the 5.843 that Ferro had.
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