QUARTUCCIO, RHODES AND BUGINGA LEAD FIRST DAY NO MERCY 11 QUALIFYING
Just two days after finishing the Duck X Sweet 16 3.0, Ken Quartuccio decided to go on a killing spree during first day qualifying at the No Mercy 11 drag radial event at South Georgia Motorsports Park, located outside of Valdosta, Ga.
Quartuccio, nicknamed the Serial Killer in the drag radial world, ran a 3.567 elapsed time at 216.10 behind the wheel of his turbocharged Corvette, to not only leapfrog provisional No. 1 qualifier David Reese but also to establish himself as the quickest and fastest car on the property after two sessions.
Reese dropped to second in his supercharged Camaro after failing to improve on his Q-1 3.589.
Sweet 16 winner J.R. Gray was not in the field after the first day.
Over in Pro 275, the Manny Buginga express continued to run through the field, laying down a 3.795 elapsed time at 196.42 miles per hour. Two days earlier, veteran doorslammer driver Eric Dillard drove a Mustang from the same team to the No. 1 qualifying position. Presently, a 4.152 is what it takes to get in the 16-car field.
Ron Rhodes made his long journey from Delaware worth his while, at least provisionally, as he took the top spot in X275 with a 4.243, 167.78 to finish the first session ahead of Dom Didonato, who ran a 4.245.
Other provisional No. 1 qualifiers included Mark Roger (Ultra Street), Martin Connelly (DXP Street), Daniel Ray (Limited Drag Radial), and Jason Terrell (Limited 235).
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