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Lagana, Atchison, Patrick and Ware also take home Ironmen at the Amalie Oil North

American Nationals


The IHRA Knoll Gas-Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car championship points battle might not be a two-man race after all. Bob Gilbertson, who entered the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers a distant third, picked up some ground on front-running Dale Creasy Jr., and second place Jack Wyatt by defeating Paul Lee in the final in Epping, N.H.

Gilbertson blew up his ’05 Stratus in the finals, but Lee handed him the victory by leaving the starting line early and activating the red-light for the automatic disqualification. The win was the Charlotte, N.C.-resident’s first IHRA national event victory of 2006, his other coming in 1992 in Cayuga, Ontario.

“This feels really good,” said Gilbertson, who hasn’t competed at New England Dragway since 1992. He didn’t even get to finish that race due to emergency dental surgery that his son needed. That was the last race IHRA had in Nitro Funny Car prior to this year.

“People expect a lot out of us because we go over there (NHRA) and do pretty well, but it’s come down to luck a lot this year. That’s what makes drag racing unique,” added Gilbertson.

The Knoll Gas-Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel class, for the first time in five years this late in the season, is led by someone other than Clay Millican. When Doug Foley, the No. 1 qualifier, took a first-round bye run while Millican fell to Bruce Litton, the drag racing school instructor from Sewell, N.J., took a six-point lead in the class.

Bobby Lagana Jr. (Scarsdale, N.Y.) won his second career Top Fuel Ironman by defeating Chris Karamesines in the final at Epping. Lagana advanced to the finals by defeating Todd Paton in the first round and Bruce Litton in the semifinals. Litton hit the wall hard during that semifinal run and was transported to a local hospital for observation. Litton will have surgery Monday to replace a plate in his shoulder from a previous injury.

It was a big turn-around for Lagana and the Twilight Zone Top Fuel team. Two weeks ago, at the World Nationals in Norwalk, Lagana suffered a DNQ. He qualified seventh at this race and could not break the five-second barrier. But Sunday everything came together, enabling him to become the first two-time national event winner in the Top Fuel class this season.

“We’ve been thinking about Bruce, hoping he’s alright. He’s a good friend of mine,” said Lagana. “Everybody we race is our friend, and when somebody goes down, it’s so tough. It’s crazy that we compete with each other because we all love each other so much.

“Three finals, two wins in one year…two DNQs also. It’s been a crazy year. I have so many family members here this has been a great weekend.”

Robert Patrick had the crowd buzzing after the Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock final. He squared off against No. 1 qualifier Rob Mansfield, who had earlier set the IHRA world ET record at the event, and laid down a number that had never been seen before in IHRA competition. Behind the wheel of his ’07 Shelby Mustang, Patrick flirted with the 6.20s by posting a 6.315 run at 221.27 mph. Both the speed and elapsed time of Patrick’s run were new world records.

“All we were worried about today was winning this race,” said Patrick. “We knew the final could be close, so I was hoping for a good light, but didn’t want to red-light. Our engine builder was here all weekend and we kept tuning and making the motor better every run.”

Patrick was not the only record-setter to win an Ironman in Epping. Eddie Ware set a Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified ET record in the second round of eliminations by clocking a 6.035. He did not need to be that quick in the final against Harold Martin, who lit the red-light by -.02.

“This win is a major stepping stone,” said Ware. “We got our first major sponsor this year, and kind of had a bad start to the year but he stuck through it with us, so we’re thrilled to finally get this IHRA win. Hopefully we can keep this up for the rest of the season.”

Rob Atchison finally has the monkey off his back. The three-time defending Alcohol Funny Car World Champion won his first Ironman of the season by defeating Terry Munroe in the final round. Atchison posted a 5.912/244.52 pass to top Munroe’s 5.996/236.13.

“I wasn’t really worried about the points chase today, just getting our first win was the focus,” said Atchison, of London, Ontario. “We got the win, but are still battling to figure this car out. It’s just been such a tough season, we feel fortunate to be in the position we are.”

Sunday's final results from the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers at New England Dragway. This is the ninth of 11 in the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Bobby Lagana Jr., 5.468 seconds, 283.25 mph def. Chris Karamesines, 8.293 seconds, 115.75 mph.

Nitro Funny Car -- Bob Gilbertson, Dodge Stratus, 4.843, 311.92 def. Paul Lee, Chevy Monte Carlo, foul.

Pro Modified -- Eddie Ware, Chevy Camaro, 7.603, 137.39 def. Harold Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, foul.

Pro Stock -- Robert Patrick, Ford Shelby GT 500, 6.315, 221.27 def. Rob Mansfield, Chevy Cobalt, 6.482, 192.96.

Alcohol Funny Car -- Rob Atchison, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.912, 244.52 def. Terry Munroe, Monte Carlo, 5.996, 236.13.

Top Stock -- Paul Mercure, Chevy Camaro, 9.453, 139.34 def. Bo Kenney, Pontiac Firebird, 9.670, 140.39.

Top Sportsman -- Dana Macleod, Chevy Cavalier, 6.892, 205.16 def. Harry Gray, Chevy Corvette, 7.474, 183.77.

Top Dragster -- Bryan Bennett, Dragster, 7.152, 182.38 def. Debby Di Genova, Dragster, 7.161, 187.76.

Quick Rod -- Jackie Rogge, Dragster, 8.938, 162.10 def. Forest Lipke, Dragster, 9.008, 169.98.

Super Rod -- Gerald Pierce, Olds Cutlass, 9.930, 150.66 def. Ryan Ondrejko, Chevy Corvette, 9.919, 138.74.

Hot Rod -- Bill Riddle, Pontiac Firebird, 10.874, 133.03 def. Phil McCarthy, Chevy Camaro, 10.853, 148.18.

Super Stock -- Jim Harrington, Chevy Camaro, 12.761, 91.69 def. Gregory Gay, Mirada, 10.957, 120.61.

Stock -- David Casey, Chevy Corvette, 10.468, 123.15 def. Mark Faul, Chevy Chevelle, 10.920, 116.33.

ET Bracket -- Dave Miller, S-10, 8.626, 151.71 def. Don Lord, Willys, 10.647, 125.66.

ET No Box -- Don Lord, '40 Willys, 10.615, 126.06 def. James Choti Jr, Chevy Camaro, foul.

ET Box -- Dave Miller, Chevy S-10 8.620, 154.97 def. Richard Desjardins, Dragster, broke.

Final round-by-round results from the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers at New England Dragway, the ninth of 11 events in the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series:


ROUND ONE -- Bobby Lagana Jr., 12.813, 109.97 def. Todd Paton, broke; Chris Karamesines, 10.493, 94.44 def. Rick Cooper, DQ'ed centerline; Bruce Litton, 5.105, 253.99 def. Clay Millican, 5.150, 229.66; Doug Foley, 12.084, 90.32 was unopposed;

SEMIFINALS -- Karamesines, 4.958, 280.54 def. Foley, 7.532, 102.32; Lagana Jr., 7.544, 251.34 def. Litton, DQ'ed outer boundry;

FINAL -- Lagana Jr., 5.468, 283.25 def. Karamesines, 8.293, 115.75.


ROUND ONE -- Andy Kelley, Pontiac Trans Am, 5.097, 265.27 def. Terry Haddock, Dodge Stratus, broke; Vincent Arcadi, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.267, 209.36 def. Jack Wyatt, Pontiac Firebird, 7.894, 106.51; Paul Lee, Monte Carlo, 5.158, 265.48 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Monte Carlo, 6.714, 134.31; Bob Gilbertson, Stratus, 4.859, 314.61 was unopposed;

SEMIFINALS -- Lee, 7.360, 116.67 def. Kelley, broke; Gilbertson, 4.841, 318.09 def. Arcadi, 5.027, 264.60;

FINAL -- Gilbertson, 4.843, 311.92 def. Lee, foul.


ROUND ONE -- Steve Bareman, Dodge Stratus, 6.253, 223.88 def. Matt Hagan, Chevy Corvette, 6.518, 226.58; Harold Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.223, 227.34 def. Quain Stott, Corvette, 10.673, 82.11; Kenny Lang, Corvette, 6.117, 231.87 def. Glen Kerunsky, Chevy Bel Air, 6.893, 209.07; Eddie Ware, Chevy Camaro, 6.089, 235.84 def. John Russo, Camaro, 6.953, 224.51; Jim Halsey, Camaro, 6.726, 224.06 def. Ed Hoover, Corvette, 7.431, 152.61; Tommy D'Aprile, Corvette, 6.385, 231.36 def. Mike Castellana, Chevy Cavalier, 6.398, 228.73; Danny Rowe, Corvette, 7.166, 213.37 def. Carl Spiering, Camaro, foul; Scott Cannon, Pontiac GTO, 6.969, 228.15 def. Mike Janis, Chevy Cobalt, 7.058, 214.01;

QUARTERFINALS -- Cannon, 6.281, 228.31 def. Bareman, 6.437, 217.21; Martin, 6.298, 226.70 def. Rowe, 11.279, 68.50; D'Aprile, 6.403, 229.78 def. Lang, 6.302, 231.91; Ware, 6.035, 235.89 def. Halsey, 8.327, 108.92;

SEMIFINALS -- Martin, 6.198, 226.35 def. D'Aprile, 6.271, 230.57; Ware, 6.108, 235.19 def. Cannon, 6.371, 199.85;

FINAL -- Ware, 7.603, 137.39 def. Martin, foul.


ROUND ONE -- Brian Gahm, Ford Mustang, 6.396, 218.76 def. Jeff Dobbins, Ford Escort, 6.418, 216.06; Rob Mansfield, Chevy Cobalt, 9.203, 136.91 def. Richard Penland, Escort, foul; Dan Sweeney, Pontiac GTO, 6.430, 215.34 def. Frank Gugliotta, Escort, 6.417, 219.12; Robert Patrick, Shelby GT 500, 6.355, 217.84 def. John Bartunek, Cobalt, 15.506, 71.96; John Nobile, Escort, 8.615, 169.19 def. Rick Jones, Cobalt, foul; Pete Berner, GTO, 6.363, 218.41 def. Tony Gillig, Mustang, 6.992, 214.66; Cary Goforth, Cobalt, 6.469, 217.91 def. John Montecalvo, Cobalt, 23.178, 46.47; Steve Spiess, Cobalt, 6.383, 217.77 def. Elijah Morton, Ford ZX2, 6.463, 216.55;

QUARTERFINALS -- Mansfield, 6.345, 220.66 def. Nobile, 6.420, 217.91; Gahm, 6.410, 218.19 def. Goforth, 6.431, 217.84; Spiess, 6.379, 217.77 def. Sweeney, 6.412, 215.48; Patrick, 6.366, 217.49 def. Berner, 6.376, 216.76;

SEMIFINALS -- Patrick, 6.346, 220.33 def. Gahm, 6.409, 217.14; Mansfield, 6.344, 220.33 def. Spiess, 6.368, 219.54;

FINAL -- Patrick, 6.315, 221.27 def. Mansfield, 6.482, 192.96.


ROUND ONE -- Rob Atchison, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.864, 245.18 def. Thomas Carter, Chevy Camaro, 5.946, 237.34; Terry Munroe, Monte Carlo, 5.935, 237.30 def. Dan Roman, Pontiac Firebird, 12.492, 72.87; Mark Thomas, Monte Carlo, 5.758, 245.27 def. Frederick Tigges, Dodge Avenger, 5.778, 245.23; Neal Parker, Monte Carlo, 5.779, 241.71 def. Trevor Lebsack, Ford Mustang, 7.021, 163.14;

SEMIFINALS -- Atchison, 5.721, 249.03 def. Parker, 5.808, 241.15; Munroe, 5.940, 236.71 def. Thomas, foul;

FINAL -- Atchison, 5.912, 244.52 def. Munroe, 5.996, 236.13.

Point standings (top 10) for IHRA professional categories following the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers at New England Dragway, the ninth of 11 events in the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series -

Top Fuel

1. Doug Foley, 626; 2. Clay Millican, 620; 3. Bobby Lagana Jr., 511; 4. Rick Cooper, 500; 5. Bruce Litton, 495; 6. Chris Karamesines, 321; 7. Andrew Cowin, 281; 8. T.J. Zizzo, 260; 9. Louie Allison, 248; 10. Mitch King, 157.

Nitro Funny Car

1. Dale Creasy Jr., 603; 2. Jack Wyatt, 589; 3. Bob Gilbertson, 574; 4. Vincent Arcadi, 500; 5. Gary Densham, 401; 6. Terry Haddock, 373; 7. Paul Lee, 319; 8. Gary Cooper, 223; 9. Andy Kelley, 129; 10. Doug Kalitta, 97.

Pro Modified

1. Glen Kerunsky, 464; 2. Danny Rowe, 461; 3. Quain Stott, 449; 4. Mike Janis, 412; 5. Tommy D{Aprile, 377; 6. Carl Spiering, 361; 7. Jim Halsey, 360; 8. Mike Castellana, 357; 9. Scott Cannon, 346; 10. (tie) Steve Bareman, 332. Kenny Lang, 332.

Pro Stock

1. Tony Gillig, 659; 2. Pete Berner, 618; 3. Frank Gugliotta, 562; 4. Robert Patrick, 555; 5. John Nobile, 503; 6. Jeff Dobbins, 432; 7. Rob Mansfield, 430; 8. Steve Spiess, 388; 9. John Montecalvo, 344; 10. Rick Jones, 279.

Alcohol Funny Car

1. Rob Atchison, 679; 2. Mark Thomas, 641; 3. Thomas Carter, 590; 4. Terry Munroe, 415; 5. Terry McMillen, 408; 6. Frederick Tigges, 390; 7. Larry Dobbs, 320; 8. Trevor Lebsack, 310; 9. Paul Noakes, 299; 10. Neal Parker, 192.



(9-10-2006) - As of 6:30 PM, EST, Top Fuel racer Bruce Litton from Indianapolis is still at Massachusetts General in Boston after being transported following an accident at New England Dragway. According to crewchief Richard Hartman, Litton has a concussion, but it is a large gash in his right arm that is their largest concern at this time.

Hartman pointed out that Litton’s recollection of the run is limited and he is upset at letting the car get away from him.

“Bruce is alert and in as good of spirits as he can be,” Hartman said. “He is cracking jokes and has even made the comment that he only pedaled it twice. He’s already asking me how quick we can have a new car ready to go.”

Doctors are expected to make a decision soon to determine if he will be released or admitted overnight for observation.


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SATURDAY - Foley’s Track Record Highlights Final Qualifying at Amalie Oil North

American Nationals;
Gilbertson establishes provisional world record during Nitro Funny

Car evening session

(9-9-2006) - Doug Foley entered the Amalie Oil North American Nationals hot on Clay Millican’s heels for the Knoll Gas-Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel season points lead. Millican led Foley by just 15 points heading into Epping, leaving only four races left to determine the eventual 2006 World Champion.

In the battle down the stretch, Foley fired the opening salvo Saturday afternoon at the North American Nationals. His 4.637 at a track record 323.66 mph put him on the pole. But he had something more up his sleeve. He fired off a 4.590 Saturday evening to shatter the New England Dragway ET record and solidify his hold on the pole. Millican, who was a disappointing sixth after Saturday morning’s session, threw down a 4.700 Saturday night to end up second and keep pace with Foley.

Bob Gilbertson continued his assault on the IHRA record books. After breaking John Force’s track record at Norwalk Raceway Park two weeks ago, Gilbertson provisionally set both ends of the IHRA world record Saturday night in Epping. His 4.786/315.78 pass will have to be backed up during Sunday eliminations to go on the books.

Current IHRA points leader Dale Creasy Jr. was second on the qualifying sheet with a 4.852 pass at 311.92 mph.

Nothing changed after the Saturday afternoon qualifying session in Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified as Kenny Lang held on to the pole when Saturday evening’s session was finished. Lang posted a 6.102 at 231.87 Saturday afternoon to jump to the top of the sheet and, despite strong evening runs by Ed Hoover and Carl Spiering, will sit No. 1 when the first round of eliminations begin Sunday.

Ed Hoover clocked a 6.119/232.91 pass to claim the #2 spot while Carl Spiering ended up third with a 6.133/232.23 pass.

Rob Mansfield has seemingly found something special with his ’05 Cobalt. Mansfield posted the two quickest times of all Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock qualifying sessions with a 6.380 Saturday morning, followed by a 6.382 at 219.44 mph in the evening air to claim the No. 1 qualifying spot. Two weeks ago Mansfield advanced to the semifinals at the Skull Shine World Nationals.

Pete Berner, the Ironman winner in Norwalk, is second on the qualifying sheet with a 6.400/216.58 posted Saturday evening.

Fred Tigges, a New Englander from Holbrook, Mass., gave the fans in Epping a thrill with his final qualifying shot Saturday. Tigges clocked a 5.749 at 244.29 mph to jump from third to the top of the qualifying list, bumping Rob Atchison into the No. 2 spot. Terry Munroe will be in the No. 3 spot on the eliminations ladder.

Professional eliminations for the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers at New England Dragway begin Sunday at 11 p.m. Final round starts at 4:15 p.m.

First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers at New England Dragway, the ninth of 11 events in the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.

Top Fuel -- 1. Doug Foley, 4.590 seconds, 323.66 mph vs. Bye; 2. Clay Millican, 4.700, 295.72 vs. 5. Bruce Litton, 4.993, 284.45; 3. Rick Cooper, 4.764, 301.54 vs. 6. Chris Karamesines, 5.303, 189.76; 4. Todd Paton, 4.956, 241.93 vs. 7. Bobby Lagana Jr., 5.437, 166.11.

Nitro Funny Car -- 1. Bob Gilbertson, Dodge Stratus, 4.786, 315.78 vs. Bye; 2. Dale Creasy Jr., Monte Carlo, 4.852, 311.92 vs. 5. Paul Lee, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.064, 296.70; 3. Jack Wyatt, Pontiac Firebird, 4.906, 312.42 vs. 6. Vincent Arcadi, Monte Carlo, 5.292, 202.70; 4. Terry Haddock, Stratus, 4.983, 304.46 vs. 7. Andy Kelley, Pontiac Trans Am, 5.413, 199.85.

Pro Modified -- 1. Kenny Lang, Chevy Corvette, 6.102, 232.35 vs. 9. Glen Kerunsky, Chevy Bel Air, 6.163, 231.79; 2. Ed Hoover, Corvette, 6.119, 232.91 vs. 10. Jim Halsey, Chevy Camaro, 6.165, 228.96; 3. Carl Spiering, Camaro, 6.133, 232.23 vs. 11. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.167, 232.47; 4. Scott Cannon, Pontiac GTO, 6.134, 235.43 vs. 12. Mike Janis, Chevy Cobalt, 6.167, 231.08; 5. Mike Castellana, Chevy Cavalier, 6.134, 231.08 vs. 13. Tommy D'Aprile, Corvette, 6.182, 230.84; 6. Eddie Ware, Camaro, 6.138, 227.38 vs. 14. John Russo, Camaro, 6.194, 227.04; 7. Quain Stott, Corvette, 6.142, 232.83 vs. 15. Harold Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.214, 228.23; 8. Steve Bareman, Dodge Stratus, 6.147, 233.08 vs. 16. Matt Hagan, Corvette, 6.215, 226.73.

Alcohol Funny Car -- 1. Frederick Tigges, Dodge Avenger, 5.749, 244.69 vs. 5. Mark Thomas, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.851, 245.85; 2. Rob Atchison, Monte Carlo, 5.769, 247.52 vs. 6. Thomas Carter, Chevy Camaro, 5.862, 239.31; 3. Terry Munroe, Monte Carlo, 5.789, 242.84 vs. 7. Dan Roman, Pontiac Firebird, 5.888, 241.24; 4. Neal Parker, Monte Carlo, 5.810, 240.89 vs. 8. Trevor Lebsack, Ford Mustang, 5.915, 241.41.

Pro Stock -- 1. Rob Mansfield, Chevy Cobalt, 6.380, 219.44 vs. 9. Richard Penland, Ford Escort, 6.445, 217.07; 2. Pete Berner, Pontiac GTO, 6.400, 216.86 vs. 10. Tony Gillig, Ford Mustang, 6.449, 214.59; 3. Steve Spiess, Cobalt, 6.409, 217.07 vs. 11. Elijah Morton, Ford ZX2, 6.450, 216.31; 4. John Montecalvo, Cobalt, 6.420, 215.75 vs. 12. Cary Goforth, Cobalt, 6.457, 216.55; 5. John Nobile, Escort, 6.421, 216.76 vs. 13. Rick Jones, Cobalt, 6.459, 214.96; 6. Robert Patrick, Shelby GT 500, 6.432, 215.72 vs. 14. John Bartunek, Cobalt, 6.464, 217.88; 7. Frank Gugliotta, Escort, 6.437, 216.83 vs. 15. Dan Sweeney, GTO, 6.477, 213.30; 8. Brian Gahm, Mustang, 6.442, 217.56 vs. 16. Jeff Dobbins, Escort, 6.481, 214.76.

FRIDAY - Dale Creasy Takes No. 1 Nitro Funny Car Spot at New England

Dragway; Todd Paton, Kenny Lang, Rob Mansfield and Rob Atchison Also Provisional Top




(9-8-2006) - Dale Creasy Jr. helped his bid to maintain the lead in the Knoll Gas – Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car class Friday during the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers, blasting a 4.852/311.92 track record-setting pass to claim the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot. Todd Paton (Top Fuel), Kenny Lang (Pro Modified), Rob Mansfield (Pro Stock) and Rob Atchison (Alcohol Funny Car) also claimed provisional top spots.


Creasy, Beecher,Ill., who made the best pass of any car during the night session, is followed in qualifying by Jack Wyatt and Paul Lee. Bob Gilbertson, Charlotte, N.C., was on a 5.023-second run but the pass was disqualified when he crossed the centerline.


“We knew the track was good, the air here is phenomenal, and that’s a lethal combination,” said Creasy. “You can really get yourself in trouble when the conditions are just right and you overpower the car. But we decided to just do what we know how to do and it worked out to make a great run.”


In Knoll Gas – Torco Racing Fuels Pro Top Fuel, Paton, originally from Paris, Ontario, took the No. 1 position with a 4.960/241.76 pass that he shut off before the finish line. The team recently acquired the dragster, and didn’t know if they’d even have it ready for the first qualifier. Despite the uncertainties, Paton sits atop the qualifying sheet, followed by Chris Karamesines and points leader Clay Millican.


“We were still building this car about twenty minutes before we got up to the staging lanes,” said Paton. “The guys have been working around the clock on this car for a couple of weeks. How satisfying is that to come in under those circumstances and come out tonight No. 1? We’ll definitely take that for a first lap in the car.”


Canadian Lang, who comes into the event just outside the top ten in points, flew to a track record-setting ET 6.102 to take the provisional No. 1 spot in Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified. He’s trailed by Ed Hoover, Carl Spiering and Scott Cannon. Point’s leader Glen Kerunsky sits 13th. Charles Carpenter, Harrisburg, N.C., is on the bump spot with a 6.364.


As the first professional class to hit the track, Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock round one low qualifier is Mansfield, Winter Park, Fla., who’s had one of the quickest cars in the last few races. Mansfield crossed the stripe at 6.380/218.90 and is trailed by Pete Berner, 6.412/216.86, who enters this event second in the point standings. Lake Bluff, Ill.-resident Tony Gillig, current points leader, sits in the 7th spot.


The Alcohol Funny Car class is seeing a familiar face emerge in Atchison. After a tough start to the season, the London, Ontario-native has climbed to within 5 points of the lead behind Mark Thomas, Canton, Ohio. Atchison is one step closer to closing out on Thomas, as he ends the day in the No. 1 position with a 5.769/247.52, trailed by Fred Tigges, Neal Parker, Tom Carter and Thomas. Terry McMillen, driver of the Amalie Oil-sponsored funny car sits on the bump spot with a 5.966.


Qualifying resumes Saturday for the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers at New England Dragway. Gates open at 8 a.m. with Sportsman eliminations at 9:30 a.m., Professional qualifying at 3 and 7 p.m. Professional eliminations start Sunday at 11 a.m.


Results Friday after qualifying for the Amalie Oil North American Nationals presented by New England Dodge Dealers at New England Dragway, ninth of 11 events in the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.


Top Fuel -- 1. Todd Paton, 4.960 seconds, 241.76 mph; 2. Chris Karamesines, 5.303, 189.76; 3. Clay Millican, 5.419, 162.29; 4. Bobby Lagana Jr., 5.437, 166.11; 5. Bruce Litton, 10.295, 91.65; 6. Doug Foley, 10.797, 83.46.


Nitro Funny Car -- 1. Dale Creasy Jr., Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.852, 311.92; 2. Jack Wyatt, Pontiac Firebird, 10.586, 84.90; 3. Paul Lee, Monte Carlo, 11.161, 75.96; 4. Terry Haddock, Dodge Stratus, 13.450, 77.35; 5. Vincent Arcadi, Monte Carlo, 17.099, 30.87; 6. Bob Gilbertson, Stratus, DQ.


Pro Modified -- 1. Kenny Lang, Chevy Corvette, 6.102, 231.87; 2. Ed Hoover, Corvette, 6.119, 232.91; 3. Carl Spiering, Chevy Camaro, 6.133, 232.23; 4. Scott Cannon, Pontiac GTO, 6.134, 235.43; 5. Mike Castellana, Chevy Cavalier, 6.134, 231.08; 6. Eddie Ware, Camaro, 6.138, 227.38; 7. Quain Stott, Corvette, 6.142, 232.63; 8. Jim Halsey, Camaro, 6.165, 228.96; 9. Mike Janis, Chevy Cobalt, 6.167, 231.08; 10. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.178, 231.95; 11. Tommy D'Aprile, Corvette, 6.182, 230.84; 12. John Russo, Camaro, 6.194, 227.00; 13. Glen Kerunsky, Chevy Bel Air, 6.208, 226.05; 14. Harold Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.214, 226.24; 15. Steve Vick, Corvette, 6.296, 226.39; 16. Charles Carpenter, Bel Air, 6.364, 222.40.


Pro Stock -- 1. Rob Mansfield, Chevy Cobalt, 6.380, 218.90; 2. Pete Berner, Pontiac GTO, 6.412, 216.86; 3. Steve Spiess, Cobalt, 6.419, 216.65; 4. John Nobile, Ford Escort, 6.421, 216.03; 5. Brian Gahm, Ford Mustang, 6.442, 217.56; 6. Richard Penland, Escort, 6.445, 217.07; 7. Tony Gillig, Mustang, 6.449, 214.59; 8. Elijah Morton, Ford ZX2, 6.450, 216.31; 9. John Montecalvo, Cobalt, 6.453, 215.51; 10. Cary Goforth, Cobalt, 6.466, 215.89; 11. Dan Sweeney, GTO, 6.477, 212.26; 12. John Bartunek, Cobalt, 6.483, 217.39; 13. Rick Jones, Cobalt, 6.483, 214.11; 14. Bob Bertsch, Mustang, 6.504, 211.53; 15. Anthony Paone, GTO, 6.517, 212.73; 16. Larry O'Brien, Dodge Stratus, 6.526, 211.73.


Alcohol Funny Car -- 1. Rob Atchison, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.769, 247.52; 2. Frederick Tigges, Dodge Avenger, 5.826, 244.69; 3. Neal Parker, Monte Carlo, 5.850, 240.89; 4. Thomas Carter, Chevy Camaro, 5.862, 239.31; 5. Mark Thomas, Monte Carlo, 5.885, 244.47; 6. Trevor Lebsack, Ford Mustang, 5.929, 237.13; 7. Larry Dobbs, Chevy Corvette, 5.929, 234.37; 8. Terry McMillen, Avenger, 5.966, 226.13.

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