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					                             SUPER STOCK — 25th annual Lucas Oil Slick Mist NHRA Nationals, Feb. 20-22, Phoenix
                             Iacono gets back on winning track




by Steve Waldron                                          Michael Iacono, near lane, narrowly defeated last year’s winner, Jimmy DeFrank, in a final-round showdown
                                                          between former national champs. After virtually identical reaction times, Iacono drove his familiar pink Camaro

I  n a race befitting two former national champions,
   Michael Iacono snapped his national event final-
round losing streak at four with a narrow victory
                                                          to a six-thousandths win, 9.952 (9.95 dial) to 8.796 (8.79).

                                                              “My car varied five-thousandths at the 1,000-foot      probably my pivotal round. It was the only round
over defending event champion Jimmy DeFrank. All          mark the whole race, even on my three time runs, so        where I was behind on the Tree.”
that separated Iacono, the 2007 Stock champion, and       it was extremely easy to dial,” said Iacono. “I
DeFrank, the 1997 and 1999 Super Stock champion,          normally hold three- or four-hundredths and play           The runner-up: Coming off a runner-up at the
was six-thousandths of a second.                          pretty heavily on the top end, but here, I actually        season opener in Pomona, DeFrank was appearing in
    “The final round was crazy,” said Iacono, who was     dialed closer to honest than I ever have.”                 his 23rd national event final and 21st in Super
two-thousandths better on the Tree and four-                  Iacono also ran a 9.963 (9.96) in round one and a      Stock. He has eight national event wins, all in Super
thousandths better on the track, 9.952 (9.95 dial) to     9.947 (9.94) in round three in respective victories        Stock, and a runner-up in Comp and Stock to his
8.796 (8.79). “I was able to kill a little [mph], which   over Eric Bell and reigning national champion Tibor        credit. Driving his new California Car Cover SS/AM
is a really hard thing to do when you’re the slower       Kadar before advancing to his 10th career national         Cobalt, DeFrank scored an opening-round victory
car. To get to the finish line first and get there by     event final on former national champion Dan                over Gary McGlasson in a rematch of last year’s
only six-thousandths, I was pretty happy with that.”      Fletcher’s -.005 red-light.                                final and in the semi’s combined a .008 light with an
    The final wasn’t Iacono’s only close race. He won         Iacono’s victory was his fourth national event         8.80 on his 8.79 dial to defeat Ryan McClanahan.
his second-round race against Mike Cotten by seven-       title, his third in Super Stock. He hadn’t won an          DeFrank also competed in Stock at the event, going
thousandths of a second with a 9.959 (9.95) and           event since 2007 and hadn’t won in Super Stock             three rounds with his A/SA ’69 Camaro before a
survived an even closer race against Mike Graham in       since 2006. In 2007, he lost the Stock final in            -.009 red-light ended his weekend.
round four, winning by four-thousandths of a second       Reading and the Super Stock final at the season
with a 9.967 (9.96).                                      finale in Pomona, and in 2008, he lost the Super
                                                          Stock final in Bristol and the Stock final in Chicago.      About the winning car
                                                              “It’s so deflating when you lose, and I’ve been in      M ichael Iacono’s GT/DA ’87 Camaro is the same car
                                                          that position six times,” said Iacono, who won his first    he drove to his first national event win in Reading 2004
                                                          national event in Bristol in 2002 and was runner-up in      and to a national championship runner-up in 2006.
                                                          Gainesville in 2004, both in Super Stock. “I was in             “I’ve had this car since I was in college,” he said. “I
                                                          desperate need of a national event win.”                    bought it in 2000 from a guy in Pennsylvania. I had no
                                                                                                                      idea it was pink when I saw the ad in National
                                                          The key race: “In the fourth round, Graham had              DRAGSTER, but I’d driven all that way, and once the guy
                                                          me by on the Tree by 10-thousandths and went two            fired it up, I had to have it; I didn’t care what color it was.
                                                          over with a one,” said Iacono. “That meant that I           I built a new car for Comp and Super Stock a couple of
                                                          had to take 11-thousandths or less, so that was             years ago, but I can’t bring myself to retire this one.”
                                                                                                                          Gary Wisecarver updated the car, and John Guilius
                                                                                                                      built the 400-cid engine, which has a Jim Boburka
                                                                                                                      carburetor and components from Bill Miller
                                                                                                                      Engineering, Edelbrock, and PSI. The transmission is
 Iacono (above) advanced to                                                                                           from Rossler, and ATI supplied the converter. Mickey
     his 10th career national                                                                                         Thompson supplied the wheels and tires.
     event final when former                                                                                              In addition to his family and sponsors True Value in
national champ Dan Fletcher                                                                                           West Hampton, N.Y, and Pro Trans, Iacono thanked Kip
          red-lighted by five-                                                                                        at CSR, Dan Delaney, Timmy Hopkins, James and
         thousandths (right).                                                                                         Karen Perrone, Dan Fletcher, the Biondo family, Joe
                                                                                                                      Urbino, Keith Onahesian, Anthony Fetch, Bryan
                                                                                                                      Valentine, Carl Robinson, John Stover, the Worner
                                                                                                                      brothers, and Staci Smith.

56 ✦ National DRAGSTER
                                                                                                                                 Super Stock Qualifying
                                                                                                                                                               (Top 16 of 55 qualifiers)
                                                                                                                           1. Tibor Kadar, Peoria, Ariz. (SS/GM ’92 Camaro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.412 (-1.288)
                                                                                                                           2. Allan Patterson, Augusta, Kan. (SS/KA ’66 Nova) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.378 (-1.172)
                                                                                                                           3. Bo Butner, Georgetown, Ind. (SS/CM ’09 Cobalt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.666 (-1.134)
    
				
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Description: In a race befitting two former national champions, Michael Iacono snapped his national event finalround losing streak at four with a narrow victory over defending event champion Jimmy DeFrank. Driving his new California Car Cover SS/AM Cobalt, DeFrank scored an opening-round victory over Gary McGlasson in a rematch of last year's final and in the semi's combined a .008 light with an 8.80 on his 8.79 dial to defeat Ryan McClanahan.
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