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It’s Saturday 4-Play for Sunday’s 4-Wide for Zizzo, PEAK Team

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Drag Racing Topics:  Dollar General 4-Wide Nationals

It’s Saturday 4-Play for Sunday’s 4-Wide for Zizzo, PEAK Team

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
April 20, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
Concord, N.C. – With both of Friday’s qualifying sessions lost to the weather, the pressure was on for TJ Zizzo and his PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel team to make the show for Sunday’s Dollar General 4-Wide NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway. While the veteran spun the tires in the first round, he put down a solid 3.883-second pass in the final round to qualify 15th. He will face defending race winner Spencer Massey, defending NHRA Mello Yello Series class champion Antron Brown, and Brandon Bernstein in E1 Sunday.

The PEAK team could have taken advantage of near-perfect racing weather at the track Saturday, but felt conservative was the way to do to ensure a berth in the field.

“It felt good, nice and smooth,” he said after qualifying. “I looked up at the scoreboard when I crossed the line and said, ‘Wow, cool! A 3.88, just like we thought.’ We knew we could go faster, but we didn’t want to be able to go faster due to the fact that if you start pushing these things and spin the tires two runs in a row, you will have no data and you’re going home. We knew what we had to do to run a 3.88 and that’s what we did.”

The Chicago native joins two other Top Fuelers, Brittany Force and Leah Pruett, as 4-Wide n00bs. While he admitted earlier in the week he was a little apprehensive about the staging process, once he went to the line, his racing instincts took over.

“You just go up there and do your deal,” he said with a laugh. “The first run, the guys next to me, they went in and double bulbed it right away, rolled in all the way right away, then I see the other guy go in really deep right away and I was like ‘TJ, just take a deep breath and relax.’ So when all those antics were going on, I just took a deep breath and relaxed and went down the track.”

Shawn Langdon took top qualifier honors going into Sunday’s race, laying down a 3.751-second pass. Langdon, who earned his first-career Top Fuel victory at this track last fall, faces Sidnei Frigo, Tony Schumacher, and Force in the first round.

Fans of TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing can find updates and photos of the PEAK Motor Oil team by checking out ZizzoRacing.com, Instagram.com/ZizzoPEAK, Twitter.com/TJZizzo, and Facebook.com/TJZizzo.

Zizzo Racing and the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel dragster is racing at the 4th Annual Dollar General 4-Wide Nationals at the Bellagio of Drag Strips, zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC this weekend. Eliminations are scheduled to begin at Noon Sunday.


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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