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Zizzo Faces Dixon Sunday After Saturday Wash Out

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Drag Racing Topics:  O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals

Zizzo Faces Dixon Sunday After Saturday Wash Out

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
April 27, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
Baytown, Texas – For the second-consecutive race, two rounds of qualifying were rained out at the NHRA Mello Yello Series event. This weekend, it was Day 2 of qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals near Houston. TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil team have no worries, however, as they are safely in the field in the 12th spot thanks to a 3.884-second ET run Friday evening.

"Well, on the positive side," Zizzo said, watching the rain come down outside the PEAK hospitality area as he entertained fans, "we saved some money by not running those two rounds, but we come to the track to race. We have a lot of folks from PEAK here and we want to put on a good show for them, but Mother Nature wins every time. Now we get ready for tomorrow."

Zizzo faces former three-time Top Fuel champion and fifth-place qualifier Larry Dixon in the first round of eliminations Sunday.

The top qualifier in the Top Fuel class Sunday is Doug Kalitta based on his time of 3.791 set Friday in Q2. He will face No. 16 qualifier Troy Buff in E1 Sunday. Notables who did not make the show are Brittany Force (18th) and, for the second week in a row, Clay Millican (17th).

TJ in the Media: Zizzo was featured on the Performance Racing Network’s Nitro Notes this week, talking about his visit to a children’s hospital when the team raced here last year. To hear the segment, click HERE.

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 26th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals outside Houston, Texas this weekend. Eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. 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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