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Zizzo Upbeat Despite Second DNQ of ‘13

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Drag Racing Topics:  Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals

Zizzo Upbeat Despite Second DNQ of ‘13

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
March 19, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – About an hour after the NHRA Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway here, it began to rain. Had the weather turned south the previous day, TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel team would have made their first race of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series season. Unfortunately for the Chicagoland native, they instead DNQed their second race, once again qualifying 17th.

Friday started strong for the second-generation drag racer, finishing Q1 fourth and ending the first day of qualifying 12th, allowing him to carry his 3.90 ET into Saturday. Unfortunately, that was their best time of the weekend as the field got progressively faster. As the sun set in Gainesville, Zizzo realized he was heading home a day earlier than he had planned.

Ever the optimist, Zizzo recognized the positives the weekend in Florida represented. “Seriously, we did way better than we did in Pomona,” he said. “A minor turn there and there and we should be good. We’re looking forward to our first 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. We struggled in Pomona and we are battling back.”

The race was eventually won by defending class champion Antron Brown with Clay Millican, a fan favorite whose partnership with Bob Vandergriff is already paying dividends, finishing in the runner-up slot. The Top Fuel class is easily the most competitive in the NHRA this season and Zizzo said he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We enjoy racing in the NHRA’s premier class. It’s the hardest class right now.”

The next race for Zizzo Racing and the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster is the 4th Annual Dollar General 4-Wide Nationals at the Bellagio of Drag Strips, zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC. Nitro qualifying begins Friday at 3:15 p.m. local time and resume Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday. Eliminations are scheduled to begin at Noon Sunday. For tickets, click HERE.


About Zizzo Racing:
Zizzo Racing has been involved in drag racing at the top levels for more than 30 years. Based in Lincolnshire, Ill. and owned by Tony Zizzo, the team started racing in 1980 in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, moving to nitro with TJ in 2004 after earning his class license. In 2007, TJ Zizzo finished second in the final IHRA standings and now competes on a part-time basis in the NHRA Full Throttle Series.

About PEAK/Old World Industries:
PEAK® Performance Products are marketed and distributed by Old World Industries, which is among the largest privately held companies competing in the automotive aftermarket. The Northbrook, Illinois based company enjoys a presence in the automotive product markets, energy exploration, and chemical manufacturing in more than 50 countries worldwide. Old World's Product offering includes PEAK® Antifreeze; PEAK® Windshield Wash and Wiper Blades; PEAK® Performance Motor Oil; a full line of PEAK® Electronics; HERCULINER® Truck Bed Liner Kits; and SIERRA®, the safer antifreeze. For more information, please visit www.peakauto.com.

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