Milan: Round nine preview

Knoll Gas Nitro Jam Brings Record-Breaking Season to Milan Dragway This Weekend NORWALK, Ohio (August 20, 2007) -- In the past two weeks, competitors on the Knoll Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series have set three world records. Milan Dragway...

Knoll Gas Nitro Jam Brings Record-Breaking Season to Milan Dragway This Weekend

NORWALK, Ohio (August 20, 2007) -- In the past two weeks, competitors on the Knoll Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series have set three world records. Milan Dragway will host the next event, the Suzuki Motor City Nationals presented by GM Performance Division and Heritage Newspapers, August 24-26.

If the month of August continues like it has, Michigan drag racing fans could see even more records fall. The first world record of the month was set by Melanie Troxel when she reached 327.19 mph in her Top Fuel dragster during the Torco Racing Fuels Northern Nationals, in Martin, Mich. Then in New Hampshire, Mike Janis set the Pro Modified speed record to 240.21 and Brian Gahm the Pro Stock speed record to 221.42. Gahm also set the Pro Stock elapsed time world record at 6.299 seconds in July, becoming the first in the class to break into the 6.20-range.

"We haven't held a record in a few years...we used to have one in 2001," said Janis, reflecting on when he held the ET record at 6.112. At that time, the speed record was 231.20. "To go 240 in one of these cars, a couple years ago, it was just a dream. We never thought we'd hit 235. It's running 240 pretty consistent now.

"If you get some good air, you might see a 245. Air wasn't all that great (in Epping), but you get some of that good air and these things will haul," he added.

As records continue to fall, the championship chases are heating up as well. In Knoll Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel, T.J. Zizzo and Bruce Litton have each led the points twice this year. Litton took it back from Zizzo two weeks ago during the Northern Nationals, only to give it back the very next weekend in New Hampshire. Zizzo currently leads Litton by a mere 28 points.

Other tight points chases to watch:

* Dale Creasy Jr. leads the Knoll Gas Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car class over Terry Haddock

* Scott Cannon Jr. leads the Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified class over veteran Ed Hoover

* Defending Alcohol Funny Car world champion Mark Thomas leads three-time former world champ Rob Atchison

* Robert Patrick leads the Torco's CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock class by less than 50 points over Frank Gugliotta

The Suzuki Motor City Nationals presented by GM Performance Division and Heritage Newspapers will be held at Milan Dragway south of Detroit August 24-26. For more information, log onto www.ihra.com or www.milandragway.com.

-credit: ihra

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Drag
Drivers Mike Janis , Mark Thomas , Bruce Litton , Robert Patrick , Dale Creasy Jr. , Ed Hoover , Melanie Troxel , Terry Haddock , Frank Gugliotta