Kyle Rizzoli claimed his ninth National Event Wally at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.
Kyle qualified in the No. 35 position after two rounds of qualifying. He took his SS Chevy Camaro to -.566 under his index, which turned out to be a 9.484 on a 10.05 index.
Rizzoli and Tom Nolan squared off in the first round of eliminations. With the starting line advantage, .005 to .077, Kyle never looked back and ran a 9.538 on a 9.50 dial-in to take the first-round victory. Nolan broke out by .010.
In the second round of eliminations, Rizzoli had a huge starting line advantage, .019 to .092, on opponent Joe Faherty and ran a 9.541 on a 9.49 dial-in for the victory. Faherty ran a 9.486 on a 9.36 dial-in.
Kyle was given the easy round win in the third round of eliminations after opponent Johnny Diekema turned on the red bulb by -.018. Rizzoli was .043 and ran a 9.601 on a 9.50 dial-in.
Rizzoli lined up with Lindy Lindholm in the fourth round of eliminations and got lucky! Lindholm was a stellar .002 on the tree but took too much stripe to break out by .001. Kyle was .048 and ran a dead on his 9.45 dial-in for the round win.
Round five brought Rizzoli and Stock Eliminator champion Brad Burton. Kyle had the starting line advantage, .005 to .052, and never trailed for the win. His 9.530 on a 9.46 was too much for Burton’s 9.793 on his 9.74 dial-in.
Rizzoli and Justin Lamb were the final two remaining, ready to fight for the trophy. Lamb survived against multiple tough opponents, like Bob Marshall and RJ Torres, to make it to the final round.
To no surprise, Kyle threw a .010 pack on Lamb in the final round to take home the event trophy. He was .001 and ran a 9.479 on his 9.47 dial-in. Lamb also ran dead on his dial-in, but his .042 reaction time cost him the trophy.
Congrats to Kyle and his family on their latest victory!
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About the author: Megan Strassweg is a 22 year old Super Comp racer from Louisville, Kentucky. She races a 2015 American Dragster sponsored by Coolshirt Systems. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a degree in Photojournalism and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Megan works at Jim Butner Auto in the Finance Department. Growing up at the racetrack, drag racing is all she has known and never plans to give up on it.