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)