The quarter mile cross-country race for $20,000 has a new front runner in defending ANDRA Top Doorslammer champion, John Zappia.
As high pressure as their cleaning products; the Karcher Tri-State Shootout is a 3-race swing that started at the Perth Motorplex in February. Points are awarded for progressing through race day eliminations.
In a sporting gesture, all teams agreed to split the $20,000 payday between the top 3 points earners.
Coming in to the penultimate round at Sydney Dragway’s Nitro Champs, Zappia was tied at the top with fellow West Aussie Robin Judd. The two met in the semi finals, where Judd’s red light rendered the points lead in the favour of the Striker Crushing and Screening Monaro.
Zappia failed to extend his points lead in the final, where he struggled to get a grip on the cooling track. Local hero Maurice Fabietti had no such trouble in the other lane, moving in to Karcher Tri-State contention with his third consecutive 5 second pass.
Proof of how focused Zappia is on winning the cash was clear from the moment he removed his helmet after his final round loss.
“That’s OK,” He told the OneHD television crew, “Tyre shake cost us that race, but we are 20 points ahead in the Karcher Tri-State Shootout now.”
Only 30 points separate the top 3 racers going in to the final round in June, the Castrol Edge Winternationals. With 100 points up for grabs on race day, teams will have to bring their A-game if they want to be crowned the inaugural Karcher Tri-State Shootout Champions.