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In round three, Giacone used a .027 to .047 reaction-time advantage to win the double-breakout contest over Craig Abbott, who would later beat him in the opening round of Allstars competition. Giacone then defeated Allstars racer Mike De Sio in the quarterfinals in a two-for-one match because his 10.93 to 10.93 win over De Sio gave Giacone the semifinal bye. In the final, Giacone got the slight edge at the Tree, .009 to .018, and he maintained his lead down the entire quarter-mile, crossing the finish line first with a 10.95 to Lowry's 10.96.

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									                             SUPER STREET — 12th annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals, June 4-7, Chicago

                             Long haul pays off for Giacone, who earns first Wally




                                                                                                               Ryan Giacone, near lane, paired a .009 light with a 10.95 to
                                                                                                               defeat Chuck Lowry and claim his first national event Wally.

by Candida Benson                                            round of Allstars competition. Giacone then defeated      top five finisher in Division 5 last year, Lowry
                                                             Allstars racer Mike De Sio in the quarterfinals in a      wheeled his ’73 Camaro past Douglas Wood, Paul

R     yan Giacone has been racing since he was 16
      years old, and in the last 17 years, he has had
many accomplishments, including a top 10 finish in
                                                             two-for-one match because his 10.93 to 10.93 win
                                                             over De Sio gave Giacone the semifinal bye.
                                                                 In the final, Giacone got the slight edge at the
                                                                                                                       Richardson, Rudy Matthews, Justin Rosenbohm, and
                                                                                                                       Craig Meyer to earn a spot in the final round.

Division 7. However, although he had many                    Tree, .009 to .018, and he maintained his lead down       Fast facts: Richardson had a perfect light in the first
impressive feats, there was one thing lacking from           the entire quarter-mile, crossing the finish line first   round against Eric Olhava. … Abbott earned the NHRA
his racing résumé: an NHRA Wally. Giacone                    with a 10.95 to Lowry’s 10.96.                            Perfectly Strange Performance Award money for his
corrected that when he defeated Chuck Lowry in his               “I had a feeling we might be slow because they        10.900 in the first round. … Two of the three
first national event final round.                            had just run the Pros in front of us, so you get a        quarterfinal matches were decided by six-thousandths
    “I’ve got five runner-ups at divisionals but no          little clutch dust on the track and everything,” said     or less with Giacone besting De Sio by .005-second and
wins,” said Giacone. “I didn’t know I was going to           Giacone. “We came off the stop kind of together and       Meyer defeating James Wilson Sr. by .006-second.
have to go 2,000 miles to get [my first Wally], but          went running down there. I was out in front of him
hey, that works.”                                            by a little bit and was using the brake pedal a little    Did you know: Giacone had a special good-luck
    Giacone made the long journey from his Phoenix           bit to get back into him. Luckily, we were on the         charm with him at the event. “My daughter Alyssa
home to Chicago after earning the Division 7 spot in         slow side because I going to take the stripe.             made me a bead necklace to take with me, and she
the Jegs Allstars. He lost in the first round of the             “When my win light came on, it was a good thing       said I had to wear it. I wore it, and we won our first
Allstars race but more than made up for it when he           I was strapped in the car. You can’t even imagine         Wally, so I think I’ll be wearing it at every race
survived the six rounds of national event competition.       what it’s like to win. You look at that win light all     now,” said Giacone. “I told her, ‘It’s got the rainbow
    He opened eliminations with wins over Larry              day long, but this is the final round at a national       colors on it. The guys might think I’m weird.’ She
Rzepczynski and Randi Lyn Shipp. In round three,             event. It’s just the greatest feeling.”                   said, ‘Dad, don’t worry about it. It’s good luck.’ ”
Giacone used a .027 to .047 reaction-time advantage
to win the double-breakout contest over Craig                The key race: “I’d say [Mike] De Sio was probably         Quotable: “When I moved to Phoenix in 2001, I
Abbott, who would later beat him in the opening              the key round because we’d sat all day [because of        started Super-class racing, and I’ve been doing that
                                                             rain that delayed the round until late afternoon],        ever since. I started in Super Street. I wanted to win
                                                             and he’s already won two nationals this year,” said       some before I moved up.” — Ryan Giacone
 About the winning car                                       Giacone. “Plus, the winner of that got a bye into the
 A fter Ryan Giacone crashed his Thunderbird about two       final, so that was a huge one there.”                     Best packages: 1. Steve Dillman (Greenwood,
 years ago, his sponsors got together and purchased the                                                                Ind.) .013/10.903 (round two); 2. Michael Quartarone
 ’88 Thunderbird that he drove to victory for them, and he   The runner-up: This was Lowry’s second national           (Columbus, N.J.) .023/10.902 (round two); 3. Dewey
 has been racing it ever since. The previous owner ran the   event final round; he won the 2006 Topeka event. A        Boggs (Lancaster, Ohio) .025/10.903 (round one). ND
 car in Super Gas, so Giacone put his engine and
 transmission in it, added some weight, and made some
 other minor changes to get it Super Street ready.
 Sunnyslope Auto does the work on the Ford 473 engine,
 and Bernie Polvadore works on the transmission. The car
 features a Hughes Performance converter, 9-inch Ford
 rear end, and Jon Kaase racing heads.
     Giacone thanked Eureka Truck Lines, Mobile Force
 Refueling, Randy Jones Trucking, Miclettes Automotive,
 Southwest Roadmasters, Mick Whitchurch Trucking, Jim
 Wright Trucking, Harlan, Rick, Jordan, Keena, Arizona
 Super Street, the Division 7 Super Street racers who
 pitched in to give him gas money, Scott Rollins and the
 Cul-de-sac, Buzz’s Equipment, his dad, his brother, Brian
 Smith, wife Dar-c, and daughters Natalie and Alyssa.
                                                             Lowry got the automatic win in the semifinals when Craig Meyer red-lighted by .007-second.
72 ✦ National DRAGSTER
                                                                                                                            Super Street Qualifying
                                                                                                                                                    (Top 16 of 24 first-round winners)
                                                                                                                       1. Craig Abbott, Strawn, Texas (’77 Vega wagon) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                          10.900 (0.000)
                                                                                                                       2. Rudy Matthews, Ohio City, Ohio (’69 Camaro) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                         10.901 (0.001)
                                                                                                                       3. Deney Boggs, Lancaster, Ohio (’67 Camaro). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                        10.903 (0.003)
                                                                                                                       4. Mike Wagner, Lapeer, Mich. (’67 Mustang). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                       10.908 (0.008)
                                                                                    
								
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