NAISER KING OF THE HILL
Words by Bubba Corzine
Photos courtesy Bubba Corzine
The monthly running of King of
the Hill (KOTH) cars took place at Texas Raceway, Kennedale,
Texas on Friday night, August 26, 2005. The battle all year
long has been between the Houston area cars and the Dallas-Ft.
Worth area cars. This race went the way of the Houston racers.
Two rounds of qualifying ended with two Houston area cars
sitting one and two. The '92 Camaro of Jeff Naiser led qualifying
with a 4.734 at 156.34 and the 69 Camaro of Greg Pizzino with
a 4.801 at 153.72.
First round action opened with a pair of turbo Mustangs.
The 2000 model of Travis Franklin prevailed over the 1996
model of Grant McCrary 4.965 to a shutting off 10.295 of McCrary.
McCrary did have top speed of the evening with a top end blast
of 159.38 in qualifying. Tony Thorn’s '70 Nova then
took out David Houser’s '86 Camaro with a 5.109 to a
6.172. James Morgan in the wild wheelstanding Morgan and Son
'67 Camaro put Al Sneed and his Camaro on the trailer with
a 4.944 to a shut off 7.906. Next up Greg Pizzino in his orange
'69 Camaro had little trouble with Kim Smith and his Dallas-based
'68 Camaro 4.741 to a 5.020, making him the the number one
Naiser and his beautiful '92 IROC Camaro had little trouble
with Travis Orr’s '68 Camaro. Naiser’ winning
time of 4.764 was well ahead Orr’s 5.190. Marquis Ross’s
'67 Camaro received a free pass to the second round when Josh
Lindsey redlit in his '91 Mustang. Likewise Matt Jones and
his 67 Nova received a free pass to the second round when
Cleve Mathews’ '66 Chevelle left early. Closing out
round one was Nick Williams and his wild blown Porsche 928
taking out Brian Longacre’s 95 Sonoma with a 5.316 to
Round two opened with Naiser getting a free pass to the semis
as Franklin redlit. Naiser still ran a 4.734. Matt Jones then
took out the popular Porsche of Williams when the Porsche
shook the tires and shut off. Jones ran a 4.926 for the win.
Ross then strapped a hole shot on Morgan .005 to a .112 only
to see Morgan blast by at half track and record a 4.854 to
a losing 5.121. The last pair saw Greg Pizzino out first and
never looked back as blasted to a 4.755 to put away Thorn’s
The semis started with a blast as Morgan’s Camaro had
a small nitrous fire on the starting line and had to sit and
watch Pizzino ripped off a strong 4.798 to advance to the
finals. The second race started with a lengthy staging duel
between Jones and Naiser, then a .02 holeshot by Jones, only
to see Naiser blast by with a winning 4.763 to a 4.888 for
The finals came down to the two fastest cars from qualifying
and three rounds of racing, facing off against each other.
Pizzino’s bright orange Camaro left first by .02 only
to see Naiser pull even at half track. Then something went
away in the IROC allowing Pizzino to power away for the win.
The numbers for Pizzino were 4.776 at 153.74 to Naiser’s
4.798 at a slowing 143.73.