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PEAK Motor Oil Team Continues Strong Runs at Brainerd, Faces al Balooshi in E1

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Drag Racing Topics:  Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals

PEAK Motor Oil Team Continues Strong Runs at Brainerd, Faces al Balooshi in E1

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
August 17, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
BRAINERD, Minn. – TJ Zizzo and his PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel team continue to achieve their goal of consistent weekends at the track. The 3.852-second ET the team laid down Friday evening here at Brainerd International Raceway held for the team to qualify 14th at Sunday’s NHRA Mello Yello Series Nationals. The Chicago native will face Al Anabi Racing’s Khalid al Balooshi, who earned a berth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship with his qualifying effort.

Zizzo’s Saturday qualifying consisted of a clean 3.865 ET in the first round of the day followed by a pass of 4.759 seconds in the final lap of the day. The PEAK Motor Oil team wasn’t overly concerned about that particular run since they had already clinch a spot in Sunday’s eliminations.

“We went to 330 feet and it smoked the hoops,” Zizzo said regarding Q4. “That was the first time in many, many times we have done that. We decided to go out there with the same tuneup and see if it would stick on the hottest track surface of the weekend. Now we know what we can expect tomorrow.

“Having that extra round to play with was great for us. When we can get notes like that, it always helps our team and our races in the future.”

Starting E1 at P1 Sunday in the Top Fuel class is Clay Millican, who earned his second top qualifier award of the year with a pass Friday of 3.773 seconds, tying the track-record ET. Millican will face Terry McMillen in 16th. Missing the race in Top Fuel are Zizzo’s fellow Illinoisans Chris “The Greek” Karamesines, Luigi Novelli, and Tim Cullinan.

TJ in the Media: Zizzo was featured in the Seattle Finish Line edition of PRN’s Nitro Notes thanks to his semi-finals appearance there. Check out his comments HERE.

Fans of TJ Zizzo and Zizzo Racing can find updates and photos of the PEAK/Herculiner Top Fuel 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 are racing at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., for the 32nd Annual NHRA Nationals. Sunday’s eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m.


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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