If the year 2020 has proven anything, it’s that anything — even the most unthinkable — is possible, and New Jersey racer Steve Sisko’s performance at the JEGS-SFG $1.1 Million race is a fitting storyline for what has been a season and a year unlike any other.
On Saturday evening, driving a borrowed car from Anthony Bertozzi, Sisko turned on the most lucrative win-light in drag racing history, capturing the winner’s share of a record payout of $1.1 million. Incredibly, a day later, in another borrowed car, Sisko marched through round after round in the event’s $100,000 finale and won for a second time. All told, Sisko outlasted upwards of 1,200 entries over the two days, in two different cars, and could not be denied.
Steve Sisko further engrained his place in drag history last Sunday at US 131 Motorsports Park when he won the Hansen Global $100,000-to-win race, less than 24 hours after winning the highest paying drag race in history: the JEGS-SFG $1.1 Million. Perhaps more impressive, he did it in a completely different car than he won the $1.1M main event in the night before.
“I was doubled and in the second round, I got timed out,” says Sisko, describing his rough start to the race. “I felt bad because this is the car I was bringing before Anthony [Bertozzi] offered me the Nova, and last night, Bob who owns the car messaged me and said he was proud, but I won in the wrong car. So I had to get him some type of money back, so I’m sure he’s happy.
“I have to thank my wife…I love her to death and it’s all for [her], Sisko added.”
Quarterfinals: In the quarterfinals, six drivers remained including Sisko, Brandon Taylor, Jason Overstreet, Matt Richezza, and Top Fuel ace, Shawn Langdon.
Sisko defeated Richezza, going 6.503 on a 6.50 dial-in after posting a .028 light. Richezza was .034 on the tree and ran 6.372 on a 6.37 dial-in.
Taylor beat Langdon with a .004 package, running 4.593 on a 4.59 dial-in after a .001 light. Langdon was competitive with a .010 light and a 4.604 run on a 4.59 dial-in.
Overstreet was on the bye and ran 6.053 on his 6.06 dial-in.
Semifinals: In the semis, Sisko took on Overstreet, posting a .019 light and 6.521 run on a 6.51 dial-in. Overstreet broke out for the loss with a 6.048 on his 6.05 dial-in.
Taylor was on the bye in his DragCoverage machine, posting a solid .011 light and running 4.578 on his 4.58 dial-in.
Finals: In the final round, Sisko stepped up to the occasion with a .008 package, starting with a .006 light and ending with a 6.492 run on a 6.49 dial-in. Taylor narrowly broke out with a 4.566 on his 4.57 dial-in.