Norwalk: Quick Eight final report

NORWALK, Ohio - Two races ago, Kasey Janzen was to meet Dave Tomasino in the finals of a LIZZARD Racing Engines Top Sportsman Quick Eight, but failed to make the call because of breakage. During the IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals, the roles were...

NORWALK, Ohio - Two races ago, Kasey Janzen was to meet Dave Tomasino in the finals of a LIZZARD Racing Engines Top Sportsman Quick Eight, but failed to make the call because of breakage. During the IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals, the roles were reversed as Janzen scored his third Quick Eight victory of the season.

Winning Norwalk was a treat for the Niagara Falls, Ontario-based driver.

"I call this win redemption," explained Janzen. "I never want to win this way, but I'll take a win. This was a good one and I'm just happy that I was able to get it."

Janzen made a clean sweep by qualifying on the pole.

Eliminations opened with Janzen and Hector Estrada meeting up in the first pair. The Canadian was already an overwhelming favorite, but Estrada essentially handed the victory to him with a .758 light. Janzen breezed on to victory with a 6.487, 211.39, while the classic Chevrolet pilot played a futile game of catch up with a 6.585, 207.34.

The nitrous entries of Rick Sornberger and Kenny Rucker met for a battle of supremacy among the bottle rockets. With a tremendous boom at the flash of green, Rucker launched his hood scoop into the Ohio sky. Sornberger never looked back as he roared to a 6.755, 207.69.

In a classic Ford versus Chevrolet battle, Harry Rockwell and Brian Daniels were ready to establish a semi-final berth. Daniels was quicker on the tree, but Camaro couldn't fend off Rockwell's Probe and his charge of 6.692, 185.84. Daniels made it a respectable match with a 6.987, 209.39.

Tomasino closed out the round by taking out the alternate Carl Rossler. The classic '55 Chevy driver nailed Tomasino on the tree with a .440 light, but even that advantage along with a 6.820, 198.47 was enough to beat the supercharged Camaro's 6.643, 206.61.

In the semis, Tomasino won the battle but lost the war against Sornberger. He produced a 6.565. 195.25, but the oildown clean up that ensued insured that the classic supercharged Camaro would not be back.

On the other side of the ladder, Janzen continued to turn up the wick as he blasted out a 6.470, 211.93 to end Rockwell's evening.

Janzen was not about to ease down the track in the final. Instead, he saved his best for last with a 6.435, 215.86.

-HC

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