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Zizzo Comes Up Short Despite Strong Run

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Drag Racing Topics:  AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals

Zizzo Comes Up Short Despite Strong Run

Brandon Mudd
High Side Media
Zizzo Racing
September 22, 2013


Brandon W. Mudd

TJ Zizzo
ENNIS, Texas – After qualifying 16th for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex Saturday, TJ Zizzo and the PEAK Motor Oil Team knew they would have to come out with guns blazing in the first round Sunday. They did just that, burning down the track for an ET of 3.823 seconds, a lap that would have beaten most of the field of 16 NHRA Mello Yello Series Top Fuel competitors. Unfortunately, they were facing the event's top qualifier, Shawn Langdon, who ran a 3.767-second pass that would be the quickest run of the day. Langdon would eventually make it to the final round only to fall to Doug Kalitta.

After heading back to the PEAK Motor Oil pit area to tear down the Zizzo Racing rail, TJ said, despite the loss, he and the team were upbeat.

"That was a near personal record for us and Langdon set the track record to beat us. We've been struggling since Brainerd and after missing the Big Go, we finally found the speed we've been looking for. Losing two rounds of qualifying on Friday due to the rain really hurt us, but we're pretty stoked right now about where we're at with the car. We would have beaten almost any other team out there in Rd. 1 today.

"We're going to take what we learned today and this weekend and use it for our last race of the year in Vegas."

The team's 2013 season finale is the Toyota NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 25-27. The nitro classes are expected to take to the track Friday at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. local time and again on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. For tickets, click HERE.

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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