(Photo by Tony Morgan) – When it comes to drag racing competitors who have cut their teeth the hard way and come out better for it on the other side, Lizzy Musi stands tall. A competitor of note in the world of Street Outlaws No Prep Kings who has won multiple races and a woman who wheels and deals in the PDRA Pro Nitrous category when her schedule allows, there’s not a single person that can ever question her will to compete or toughness. Lizzy did not just step into high powered drag racing cars and win. She went through the growing pains of a young driver in insanely powerful cars, she had her lumps and bumps, but learned from every one and is headed back to Florida looking for the Bradenton Sweep after her January win at the US Street Nationals.
What a year 2020 has been, right? Back when we were at Bradenton in January it looked like a year of unparalleled promise for drag racing. The sport on every level was firing on all holes and nothing seemed to be able to slow it down. Well, we all know what happened. The fact we’re headed back to close the year at the spot we started it makes it all that much better.
Lizzy and Pat will be loaded up for bear…and so won’t everyone else.
Here’s the full story on Lizzy Musi’s planned attack of the pro mod field in Florida!
BRADENTON, FL — Lizzy Musi and Musi Racing started 2020 with a victory at Bradenton Motorsports Park, and now the team will have a chance to finish the year with a win at the facility.
Musi will pilot the Frank Brandao-owned Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart at this weekend’s 49th annual Snowbird Outlaw Nationals, as the team aims to end the season on a strong note.
“We won here in January and we always seem to run well here,” Pat Musi said. “We need to test some things on the car, too, because we didn’t get a chance to run it enough this year. We had such a busy schedule with the Street Outlaws filming, we weren’t able to run this car as much and there’s some stuff we want to try.”
While Musi will be testing a number of things on the nitrous-powered Dart, the team is also racing to win, hoping to replicate their win in Pro Mod at the U.S. Street Nationals back in January. Lizzy Musi impressed that weekend to earn the victory, but appearances in the Pro Nitrous car have been few and far between this year.
A rigorous summer schedule filming the new season of the Street Outlawstelevision series on Discovery coupled with the unprecedented nature of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to only a handful of appearances in “King Kong 7.”
But Musi and the team have a chance to run well with the car to close out the year and that has everyone excited.
“Lizzy loves the car and she loves driving it, so she’s looking forward to it,” Pat Musi said. “She does a good job behind the wheel and she’s excited. It’s getting colder, so it will be nice to get down there and make some runs.
“We have a lot of data at the track and we usually have good conditions there. It would be nice to have a good result and we’re really looking forward to it.”
In ideal conditions, Musi has proven to have one of the quickest and fastest nitrous cars in the world, and the team proved their mettle in Pro Mod earlier this year in Bradenton as well.
But Musi is all about innovation and improvement and he plans to try something totally new with the tuneup in Bradenton. If all goes well, it could lead to an impressive weekend and plenty of momentum heading into the off-season.
“We’re always looking for something. I feel like we lost a little ground with this car because we didn’t get to run it much this year, so we’re excited to get down there and see what we can do,” Musi said. “When we want to test a concept, we want to do it in a real-world setting on the track, so we’ll see what happens.”
After testing on Wednesday and Thursday in Bradenton, the first round of qualifying for the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals takes place on Friday. Qualifying continues with three more rounds on Saturday before eliminations begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Founded in 1938, Torrance-based Edelbrock, LLC is recognized as one of the nation’s premier designers, manufacturers and distributors of performance replacement parts for the automotive aftermarket. Edelbrock produces their core products in the United States of America using state-of-the-art equipment in their world class manufacturing facilities. Edelbrock, LLC encompasses five locations in Southern California and one location in North Carolina totaling more than 500,000 square feet. For more information, visit www.edelbrock.com.
About Lucas Oil
Forrest and Charlotte Lucas started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Lucas Oil has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work. The end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. For more information, visit www.lucasoil.com.
About Pat Musi Racing Engines
Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Pat Musi Racing Engines is a one-stop shop for sportsman engines with a Pro Mod pedigree. Pat Musi Racing Engines controls every component of the engine, from in-house manifolds to custom cylinder heads. Pat Musi has been at the forefront of electronic fuel injection (EFI) technology for over two decades, and that experience is available to every customer with custom-designed EFI systems, exclusive software and individualized tuning. Whether going rounds in Super Comp or setting records in Pro Nitrous, each customer receives the same quality and workmanship Pat Musi Racing Engines is known for worldwide. For more info, please visit www.musiracing.com.