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Zizzo Misses the Show at the Big Go

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Drag Racing Topics:  Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals

Zizzo Misses the Show at the Big Go

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
September 1, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
CLERMONT, Ind. – It wasn't the weekend the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel team was hoping for.

The NHRA Mello Yello Series' US Nationals is the biggest race of the year, as proven by a Top Fuel field of 25 cars all hoping to be one of the 16 to race for the Big Go title on Labor Day. Unfortunately, veteran drag racer TJ Zizzo will not be one of those drivers. While the 3.908-second lap he laid down in the final round of qualifying Sunday was his best of the weekend, it wasn't good enough to bump him into the show. The track conditions were back-and-forth all weekend due to weather and one session was canceled due to rain Saturday night. As a result of the lack of consistency, the team was unable to get good data.

"It just wasn't our weekend," Zizzo said after the PEAK Motor Oil team's final run. "We never found the setup we were looking for. Obviously, we're disappointed not to be racing in the US Nationals tomorrow. It's THE race, but now, after running four in a row, we'll take some time off and recoup and get ready for Dallas."

Zizzo ran a 3.949 ET Friday night, but hazed the tires in the only session Saturday and again early Sunday prior to running a 3.908 in Q4.

Defending NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel champion Antron Brown earned top qualifier honors with an ET of 3.811 seconds. He will face Morgan Lucas in E1 on Monday. Drivers missing final eliminations in Indy include Brandon Bernstein, Leah Pruett, JR Todd, and Cory McClenathan. The action kicks off Monday at 11 a.m. local time.

TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil Top Fuel team are racing next at the Texas Motorplex near Dallas for the 28th Annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals Sept. 20-22. Nitro qualifying is expected to run Friday at 3 and 6 p.m. local time with the final two rounds Saturday at Noon and 3 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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


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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