O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals
Zizzo powers his way to the top half of the field
Topeka, Friday: Torco Racing Fuels Top Fuel pilot T.J. Zizzo powered his way to the seventh position at the conclusion of Friday qualifying at the17th annual O’Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX. The on and off rain delayed the start of first round qualifying by over two hours at Heartland Raceway Topeka. Once the rain stopped the NHRA crews worked quickly to prepare the track for the first round session and ideal evening race conditions.
Zizzo was the third pair to the starting line and blasted a pass at an elapsed time of 4.622 at 318.02 mph.
“That run was a nice smooth pass, it trucked right on through there and it was as clean as a whistle,” said Zizzo. “I thought that we actually ran a little better than I expected; it’s a great way to start out our weekend.”
At the conclusion of the first round of qualifying, Zizzo was in the top half of the field in the sixth position. Second round of qualifying started late into the evening however, team owner Tony Zizzo Sr. decided not to send the Torco Racing Fuels dragster down the track for its second pass. At the conclusion of the second round of qualifying, Zizzo was moved down one spot and is now in the seventh position.
“The car was ready to go down the track for the second round of qualifying but as it got late into night, I decided not to make the run,” said team owner Tony Zizzo Sr. “My crew has been working through the rain all day and into the late evening hours. I wanted them to get some rest to prepare for tomorrow’s runs. In addition, there was somewhat of a finical impact by not running. I feel that it’s more important that we look forward and focus on Saturday’s runs in preparation for the Sunday round of eliminations.”
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