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QUITE THE HOMETOWN WEEK FOR ZIZZO

 

From a flapping hood on his beater car Thursday to flipping flapjacks for the fans Saturday, with a lightning scare that emptied the grandstands followed by a deluge that further delayed racing, Route 66 Nationals week has been an adventure for Lincolnshire, Ill., independent Top Fuel driver T.J. Zizzo.

He was preparing for work Thursday and thinking about the weekend ahead as he drove down the road, when his vision suddenly was blocked by something black and mysterious – “across my windshield, out of nowhere,” he recalled.

ALUND AIMING FOR TWO FIA PRO TITLES

 

If there's one thing FIA European doorslammer sensation Jimmy Alund can never be accused of, it's being lazy.

Last season, Alund drove his way to both an FIA Pro Stock and Pro Modified championship race win. The only thing which could be harder than winning twin race titles is to win two championships, a goal he has set at the onset of the tour.

AUSSIE BETTES CHASING BACK TO BACK TITLES AT WILLOWBANK

 

Reigning champ Kelly Bettes will need to come from 14 points behind series leader Wayne Newby to win the 2018-19 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship, at Willowbank Raceway, June 6-9.

The final event on the Australian calendar also encompasses the 52nd Gulf Western Oil Winternationals and with 496 entries across 20 categories is the biggest drag event outside North America.

TOP FUEL WINNER TORRENCE SERVES NOTICE: NO RIVALRY, GOT IT?

After Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence defeated Mike Salinas in the final round of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Joliet, Ill., he served notice – not to the rest of the class but rather to the media.

“Brian Lohnes, you’re talkin’ trash and trying to stir the pot. But it ain’t nothin’, man. That guy right there, I’ve got a lot of respect for him and his family. They come out here and race like us, as a family,” Torrence said at the top end of the Route 66 Raceway dragstrip Sunday.

JOHNSON TURNS CONFIDENCE INTO FIRST WIN SINCE 2017 SUNDAY IN CHICAGO

Sometimes, it is just your day.

When Tommy Johnson Jr. loaded up in his brand new 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with a couple of buddies and made the drive from his home in Indiana up I-65 to Route 66 Raceway, he had a feeling it was going to be his weekend.

MATT SMITH PREVAILS AT JOLIET ON PRO STOCK BIKE LADIES DAY AT DRAG RACES

The Harley-Davidson contingent and Hector Arana Jr. could have hogged all the Pro Stock Motorcycle victories this season, as well as they’ve been performing. But it was only a matter of time before reigning champion Matt Smith made his statement.

And Sunday was the day.

KB POWER PROVES STRONGEST ON RACE DAY AS KRAMER EARNS THIRD CAREER WIN AT ROUTE 66 NATS

The NHRA Pro Stock class has turned into a bit of a war zone as of late.

As the list of drivers in either the KB Racing or Elite Motorsports camps continues to grow each year, the competition between two of the most successful teams in the Pro Stock class only increases. So when a driver like Deric Kramer has the kind of weekend he did Sunday in Joliet just outside of Chicago, it makes a win all that much more impressive.

JIANNA SALINAS GETS BIG DOSE OF NHRA'S THRILLS, SPILLS AT JOLIET

 

Jianna Salinas, at 21 the youngest professional in the NHRA, experienced the highs and lows of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series all in one day.

The San Martin, Calif., Pro Stock Motorcycle rookie experienced her biggest thrill of her career so far in Sunday’s first round of the Route 66 Nationals at Joliet, Ill. – then learned about 90 minutes later how cruel the sport can be. She took a frightening spill in the second round but escaped unhurt.

BOHL WALKS AWAY FROM SCARY RIDE AT ROUTE 66

 

 

Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Andy Bohl of Racine, WI., was involved in an on-track incident during the first round of eliminations at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joilet, Ill.

JOHNSON, S. TORRENCE, KRAMER AND M. SMITH EMERGE VICTORIOUS AT JOLIET

Tommy Johnson Jr. piloted his Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car to victory for his first win since the Auto Club NHRA Finals in 2017 in an explosive final round at the 22nd annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Deric Kramer (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the ninth of 24 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

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