MARKIEWICZ, BUGINGA LEAD FIRST DAY NO MERCY 12 DRAG RADIAL QUALIFYING
For the last few seasons, Radial vs. The World racer Bryan Markiewicz began making his case for frontrunner status in the class. Wednesday Night, at the Duck X Productions No Mercy 12, the Largo, Florida-based driver provided a stunning testimony with his actions.
Markiewicz laid down a superb eighth-mile 3.601 elapsed time at 204.12 miles per hour to provisionally lead the field.
"Nice and clean. A to B," Markiewicz said. "Put us on the board at number one. We'll sit there for now. I owe a big part of this to Proline and my team. I mean, without those guys, I wouldn't be where I'm at, no way. Proline's definitely a big part of my game."
Taylor Lastor was second with a 3.678, 199.11, while Ken Quartuccio landed third with a 3.682, 200.29.
Pro 275 racer Manny Buginga fired a monster shot in the opening session of Pro 275 qualifying. The W. Bridgewater, Mass.-based Mustang driver, reeled off a 3.782 elapsed time at 195.65 miles per hour to claim the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot.
"We loaded up for a 3.78, and that's what it ran," Buginga said. "The track looks good, but it being a race within a race, you're not going up there as aggressive as you normally would. This means I got a hell of a team, a hell of a crew chief, and a great car, and the driver is mediocre."
Right on Buginga's heels was Mo Hall, who turned in a 3.810, which edged out Eric Dillard's 3.820.
Other provisional No. 1 qualifiers included Ron Rhodes (X275, 4.268), Neil Hawkins (Limited Drag Radial, 4.001), Brian Keep (Ultra Street, 4.575), and Bill Kubiack (DXP Street, 5.179).