Atco, NJ – DJ Cox had the fastest run in the Top Alcohol Funny Car with his 5.642 at 256.99 run at Atco Dragway. Cox was in the last pairing when he was able to take the top spot.
Dan Pomponio, whose from the Berlin area, is presently second after his 5.729 at 256.75 mph pass. Matt Gill – who won last year’s event – is third with a 5.763 at 258.71 run.
John Headley – who told The Capital Sports Report that he wouldn’t even qualify before racing tomorrow – must have fixed the problem that was bothering his car. According to other races, he showed up with no crew – yet is presently fourth with his 7.427 at 108.25 mph.
Phil Burkhart Jr is fifth in the Permatex Funny Car with a 8.414 at 110.92 mph run. Burkhart Jr. took over the seat from Todd Veney, who was the driver for the past several seasons.
Burkhart Jr. is also a veteran driver, as he appeared in several Nitro Funny Cars during his career. He even filled-in for John Force after his scary crash in 2007 with Kenny Bernstein in Dallas, including reaching two final rounds in four appearances for the team.
Marie Ferriolo — whose team is from Chesterfield, N.J. but she lives in Denver, Colorado and flies in for races – is sixth in the six-car field. She went 9.979 at 97.18 mph.
Cox won this NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Regional event in 2014. Gill had to coast to the victory last year as Veney had problems with the Permatex car and couldn’t make a pass.