Kyle Rizzoli picked up win number seven at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in his 13th national event final round.
SONOMA – Kyle Rizzoli won for the seventh time in NHRA national event competition on Sunday. Racing at the Sonoma Nationals, Rizzoli defeated Jon Irving in the final round.
To claim his latest victory, Rizzoli had to stop red-hot Jon Irving in the final. Irving was competing in his third final in less 7 days. Irving picked up a win and a runner up the previous weekend at the Division 7 LODRS event at Sonoma Raceway.
Rizzoli kicked off his run to the final with an easy win of Skip Loeffler in round one after Loeffler missed the tree. Chuck Stubeck gave Rizzoli a scare in round two after posting a .007 reaction to Kyle’s .027. Kyle was .04 over at the finish while Stubeck just missed his dial breaking out by -.005.
That win earned Rizzoli a bye in round three. This setup a great match up with Roger Comstock in round four. Rizzoli was .017 and .060 over to take the .002 win over Comstock’s .033 and .046 above. A .077 package defeats a .079 package.
The win sent Rizzoli to the semifinals where Tommy Gaynor turned it red by -.023. In his 13th national event final, Rizzoli grabbed a big lead at the hit, .021 to .069. At the stripe, Rizzoli hung a wheel on Irving to grab the win with a .022 over 9.592 to Irving’s -.004 under 10.416.
Irving defeated class greats Jimmy DeFrank and Peter Biondo on his run to his third final in a week at Sonoma Raceway.