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Newberry, Gallant score first divisonal wins
8/2/2004
Numida, PA
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NUMIDIA, Pa. -- Art Gallant in Top Alcohol Dragster and Bob Newberry in Top Alcohol Funny Car took home the wins at this weekend’s NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series RBS Trailer Sales event at Numidia Raceway.

Gallant of Boxboro, Mass., qualified No. 1 then ran passes of 5.738 and 5.744 seconds in rounds one and two on his way to a final round match-up with Paul Sylvester. Gallant, the 2002 Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster National Champion easily defeated Sylvester with a run of 5.761 seconds at 223.32 mph to Sylvester’s 7.400, 105.98 mph.

In Top Alcohol Funny Car it was a classis show down between veteran racers Newberry and multi-national champion Frank Manzo. Both had similar elapsed times throughout rounds one and two but Newberry continued to run quicker each round while Manzo fell off in the final. Newberry crossed the finishline in 5.867 seconds at 247.38 mph to Manzo’s 6.991, 132.64 for the win.

Glen Treadwell out ran Steve Ambrose in the final of Comp Eliminator with a pass of 8.607 seconds at 152.67 mph while Angelo Ditocco nipped Brad Huntzberry for the win in Super Stock. Ditocco ran a 10.152 second, 130.49 mph run to Huntzberry’s 10.156, 131.08

In Stock Eliminator, it was Rob Garvey Jr. in his ’72 Duster over Jim Boudreau. Super Comp racer Tommy Stalba Jr. of Williamstown, N.J., won over Duke Bodnar of Kendall Park, N.J., Ray Sawyer beat Jim Smulligan of Coopersburg, Penn., in Super Gas, and Raymond Baliam defeated Michael Sawyer in the Super Street final.

The Northeast Division racers head to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., for the next NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, August 13-15

RESULTS

The following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series RBS Trailer Sales at Numidia Raceway:

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

ROUND ONE

5) Mark Albert, Baldwin, Pa., 5.782, 244.29 def. 4) Daniel Mercier, St. Timothee, Quebec, 9.973, 83.71

9) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., 5.741, 248.82 def. 3) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.904, 241.35

1) Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.738, 242.45 def. 8) Richard Bourke, Norwood, N.J., 5.874, 237.46

7) Paul Sylvester, Townsend, Del., 5.851, 242.58 def. 2) Karen Benkovich, Fanwood, N.J., foul

SEMI-FINALS

Gallant, 5.744, 231.42 def. Albert, 6.411, 167.94

Sylvester, 5.877, 242.32 def. Kosky, 6.049, 244.03

FINALS

Gallant, 5.761, 223.32 def. Sylvester, 7.400, 105.98

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

ROUND ONE

1) Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '03 Firebird, 6.010, 248.48 def. 8) Sam Leland, Jarrettsville, Md., '00 Corvette, 6.291, 222.38

2) Bob Newberry, Schenectady, N.Y., '02 Camaro, 6.036, 244.10 def. 7) Chris Brown, Ivyland, Pa., '00 Avenger, broke

6) Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., '99 Camaro, 6.324, 230.17 def. 3) Darrel Cox Sr, Whiteford, Md., '01 Firebird, 6.510, 220.91

4) Billy Gibson, Chaptico, Md., '04 Firebird, 6.197, 237.78 def. 5) Frank Schuster, Columbus, Ohio, '02 Camaro, 7.933, 112.12

SEMI-FINALS

Manzo, 5.939, 244.83 def. Gibson, foul

Newberry, 5.927, 245.76 def. Pomponio, 6.362, 227.33

FINALS

Newberry, 5.867, 247.38 def. Manzo, 6.991, 132.64

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER

Arthur Gallant, Boxboro, Mass., 5.761, 223.32 def. Paul Sylvester, Townsend, Del., 7.400, 105.98

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR

Bob Newberry, Schenectady, N.Y., '02 Camaro, 5.867, 247.38 def. Frank Manzo, Morganville, N.J., '03 Firebird, 6.991, 132.64

COMP ELIMINATOR

Glen Treadwell, Sorrento, Fla., dragster, E/ED, 8.607, 152.67 def. Steve Ambrose, Woodhaven, Mich., '23 roadster, J/AA, broke

SUPER STOCK

Angelo Ditocco, Mahopac, N.Y., '02 Firebird, GT/FA, 10.152, 130.49 def. Brad Huntzberry, Smithsburg, Md., '87 Camaro, GT/DA, 10.156, 131.08

STOCK ELIMINATOR

Rob Garvey Jr, Penfield, N.Y., '72 Duster, G/SA, 11.710, 108.94 def. Jim Boudreau, Tewksbury, Mass., '69 Camaro, C/SA, 10.839, 116.79

SUPER COMP

Tommy Stalba Jr, Williamstown, N.J., dragster, 8.928, 161.69 def. Duke Bodnar, Kendall Park, N.J., dragster, 8.929, 155.89

SUPER GAS

Ray Sawyer, Acton, Mass., '02 Camaro, 9.925, 166.08 def. Jim Smulligan, Coopersburg, Pa., '63 Corvette, 9.897, 156.49

SUPER STREET

Raymond Balian, Massapequa, N.Y., '66 Chevelle, 10.971, 129.70 def. Michael Sawyer, Acton, Mass., '67 Camaro, 10.895, 144.64

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