Manzo dodges bullets in third Allstars double by ProQuest

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At an event where burning the midnight oil was done in more than a figurative sense, a sleep-deprived and adrenalinefilled Frank Manzo kept his 2010 record unblemished by doubling up at the JEGS Allstars event and the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals the following day despite rain, engine changes, and opponents who took solid shots at the 13-time Lucas Oil champ. Conditions got cool, and Manzo was able to take advantage of the fast conditions with his best elapsed time since the 2006 Richmond, Va., event, a crushing 5.459 at 264 mph that was propelled by his quickest 60-foot clocking ever, .920-second.

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									                               TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR — 13th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders, June 3-6, Chicago

                              Manzo dodges bullets in third Allstars double




                                                 Frank Manzo, near lane, completed his third career JEGS Allstars event
                                                 double when he defeated a red-lighting Mickey Ferro in the final round
                                                 of the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals, running a 5.459, the
                                                 third-quickest run of his career and fourth-quickest in class history.

by Brad Littlefield                                       shifting into high
                                                          gear but managed


A        t an event where burning the midnight oil
         was done in more than a figurative
         sense, a sleep-deprived and adrenaline-
filled Frank Manzo kept his 2010 record
unblemished by doubling up at the JEGS
                                                          to get through the
                                                          lights with his
                                                          rotating assembly
                                                          intact.
                                                              “We broke the
Allstars event and the United Association Route           oil pump three-                                                                    Ferro advanced to the final
66 NHRA Nationals the following day despite               quarters of the way                                                              round and earned lane choice
rain, engine changes, and opponents who took              through 2nd gear,”                                                               by outrunning John Lombardo
solid shots at the 13-time Lucas Oil champ.               said Manzo. “I still                                                                  Jr. in the semi’s, 5.55 to
     Manzo began eliminations early Sunday                don’t know what                                                                                            5.59.
looking uncharacteristically mortal with a .223           got in there to
light against Steve Gasparrelli, who had lined            break the shaft. Don’t ask me how it didn’t                     Payne, fresh off a two-race winning streak,
up with Manzo during qualifying and the                   blow the rods out. I guess that’s how good that            had a thrash of his own after the second round
Allstars event. Manzo avoided a rare first-round          Lucas Oil works.”                                          to replace an electrical system that had been
exit when the Division 7 hitter broke traction                Manzo thrashed alongside John Glade, Fred              affected by moisture. The veteran driver cut an
early.                                                    Bauer, Ed Hofmann, and Scott Siesing to                    outstanding .002 light against Manzo, and he
     “My car was rolling, and I had a senior              replace the engine before the second round,                almost held on for the win. Manzo overcame
moment,” said Manzo.                                      during which he made his first 5.4-second pass             heavy tire shake to run Payne down in a .003-
     His good fortune on that run wasn’t                  of the weekend to defeat Paul Gill. Manzo’s                second decision and advance to his second
exclusive to what happened in the opposite                semifinal bout with Jay Payne wasn’t decided               final against Mickey Ferro in as many days.
lane. Manzo lost oil pressure shortly before              as handily.                                                     Manzo and Ferro had to wait hours after
                                                                                                                     their respective semifinal wins to battle each
                                                                                                                     other under the lights. Manzo and his crew did
                                                                                                                     their entire between-rounds service inside his
                                                                                                                     trailer. Conditions got cool, and Manzo was
                                                                                                                     able to take advantage of the fast conditions
                                                                                                                     with his best elapsed time since the 2006
                                                                                                                     Richmond, Va., event, a crushing 5.459 at 264
                                                                                                                     mph that was propelled by his quickest 60-foot
                                                                                                                     clocking ever, .920-second. Ferro, in the other
                                                                                                                     lane, ran a 5.53 but red-lighted by a bunch.
                                                                                                                          “It went .920 and 2.422 [to 330 feet],” said
                                                                                                                     Manzo. “I think that was even better than
                                                                                                                     Virginia. It was on a big run, and it leveled off a
                                                                                                                     little bit in the middle of the track. I’m just very
                                                                                                           
								
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