Paul Mitsos earned his second NHRA national event title in winning the Top Sportsman class at the Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ.
PHOENIX- Paul Mitsos took home the trophy after his Top Sportsman victory at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Mitsos drove through a tough field to earn his second career win on the big stage.
The purple Mountain View Performance car soared to the No. 9 position with a 6.746 at 205.47 mph.
Mitsos kicked off his run to the trophy with an easy round one victory over Josh Edwards. Edwards missed the tree and broke out by .032 taking too much stripe. Paul was .045 and ran a 6.702 on a 6.69 dial-in to advance to round two.
Opponent Phil Unruh had the starting line advantage in round two of eliminations, .031 to Paul’s .037, but Mitsos got back around him to run dead eight on his 6.69 dial in. That round victory earned him the third-round bye on the ladder.
In an easy semifinal matchup, Mitsos squared away with Jeff Connelly. Connelly missed the tree and went 6.062 on a 6.10 dial-in, .038 too quick. Mitsos was .048 and went two above his 6.64 dial-in to advance to the final.
Joining Mitsos in the final was heavy hitter Ed Olpin. Olpin averaged an .027 reaction time through all five rounds, making it past names like Jeff Taylor and Bryan LaFlam, to reach the final.
With an .003 to .023 starting line advantage, Mitsos flew down the track to claim the Wally. He ran a 6.688 on a 6.66 dial-in, while Olpin ran a 6.935 on a 6.90 in a losing effort.
Congrats to Paul Mitsos and his family on their latest victory!
Find more Lucas Oil sportsman results from the NHRA Arizona Nationals here.
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