Krabill tries TAD at Joliet

Former AA/FC standout Kris Krabill was at the wheel of a Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals. In the first round Krabill, who qualified at No. 15, cut a 0.26 to 0.32 light against Mia Tedesco, but his 5.562/243.68 could not beat her 5.328/273.55. 

Another car added to DRO AA/FC Challenge roster

Jon Reich has told Series Administrator, Jeff Burk, that he will bring his “Blitz Krieg” AA Funny Car to this weekend’s DRO AA/FC Challenge at Cedar Falls, Iowa.


Reich's '75 Monza' is an authentic nostalgia AA/FC and according to Reich was built without any billet parts. He says both the block and heads have water jackets, which make it truly old school.


It will be the first time with the series for the racer from Minnesota. 

Another car added to DRO AA/FC Challenge roster


Jeff Burk and Jok Nicholson have an added attraction for this weekend’s Night of Fire celebration at Cedar Falls Motorsports Park in addition to the DRO AA/FC Challenge.


During the time trials leading up to the bracket race they will sign up racers for a nominal $10 entry fee and keep track of the best four reaction times in the Super Pro (Box) class and the four best reaction times in the Pro and Sportsman classes (No Box). The best eight reaction times will be qualifiers for the Strange Engineering/ Reaction Time Challenge. The three rounds of the Elite 8 Challenge will be pulled out just before each round of the DRO AA/FC cars. These eight racers will be in front of the biggest crowd of the year with a chance at $500 and a Big Check for three rounds of racing.


It is up to the racers to either decide to enter the Strange/DRO Reaction Challenge before their time trials or not. Entry fee is only $10 and you get two chances to “murder the tree”.


“Our goal is to offer the local racers a feature spot in the Night of Fire yet make it a race they have to qualify for without making extra runs on their race cars,” DRO Bracket Racing Editor Nicholson said. “It is something other race promoters might want to consider to add some ‘local flavor’ to a booked-in special event without causing time delays.”


We want to thank Jeff Stange at Strange Engineering for joining us in this little “experiment” as well as his continued support of bracket racers all across the country.


If you are coming to the CFMP Night of Fire be sure to look up Randy MacIlrath at the rear of the staging lanes and get signed up so that .001 reaction time puts you in the Strange/DRO Reaction Time Challenge “Elite 8”. 

‘Blue Suede Cruise’ coming up at Norwalk

With music of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s playing in the background, drivers will shine, show and go in their 1972 and earlier street rods as part of the 16th Annual Blue Suede Cruise sponsored by AkzoNobel, Friday through Sunday, July 14-16, at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.


The event with a Sweet 16 theme in honor of its sixteenth year in existence, Nostalgia Drag Racing League's Pro 7.00, Pro 7.50, Pro Comp and Pro Gas categories, as well as Hot Rod Eliminator and a Gasser Magazine Gasser Appreciation Race, will be in the spotlight.


A Smoky Burnout Contest will bring even more heat at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and it will be followed by a concert by the Van-Dells and a flame-throwing contest featuring judging for Injection and Non-Injection categories, and $250 awaits the winner in each of those two categories. There also will be a manufacturers’ midway, a parade of neon lights and a colorful display of fireworks over the track. 

Chi-Town racers do city proud

It was a great day for Chicago-area racers at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals.

T.J.’s father, Tony Zizzo (at right), is well known in Chicago-area racing.


It wasn’t quite the Clay Millican feel-good story from Bristol, but it was pretty close as part-time racer T.J. Zizzo took his independent “Rust-Oleum” dragster to the Top Fuel semifinals at Joliet. It was the Lincolnshire, IL, racer’s first event of the 2017 season; in fact, it was his first race in 10 months.


"We have purchased the right parts to do this well. There was a time when we couldn't afford those correct parts. So, my dad and I made the investment on the correct parts," T.J. explained.


T.J. got past Pat Dakin and Brittany Force, before falling to eventual winner, Steve Torrence.

It’s not many grandfathers and granddaughters that are drag racing at the same time, but Chris Karamesines and Krista Baldwin were at Joliet. Karamesines did not make the Top Fuel field. Krista “Greek-ette” qualified at No. 11 in TAD, but lost in the first round to Chris Demke.

One of the Greek’s most famous dragsters was on display.

And, of course, a Chicago event wouldn’t be complete without the famous “Chi-Town Hustler.”  




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