Australia vs USA Top Fuel Showdown summary

Scott Kalitta The Manm To Beat Two Years Running Scott Kalitta Goes Two-for-two Down-under In Nitro Mayhem!! Thursday, 28 December 2006 - (Sydney, NSW) Scott Kalitta used a string of consistent runs to win the second running of the Australia VS.

Scott Kalitta The Manm To Beat Two Years Running
Scott Kalitta Goes Two-for-two Down-under In Nitro Mayhem!!

Thursday, 28 December 2006 - (Sydney, NSW) Scott Kalitta used a string of consistent runs to win the second running of the Australia VS. USA Top Fuel Showdown. Throughout the day Scott used a 4.67, a 4.56 and a 4.58 to take the win for the second year running.

"What a way to end an awesome two days of racing. It was great to come down here last year and even better to come back again this year", said Scott.

Scott's run to the final is as follows:

First round - defeated Steve Read - 4.67 to a 6.87

Second round - bye 4.565/330.31MPH

This speed was good enough to reset the Australian National Speed Record at 332.89 - the speed that Scott recorded on his final qualifying pass Tuesday night when he ran 4.517.

In the final Scott Kalitta defeated an improving Terry Sainty with a 4.580/325MPH pass. Sainty managed to run low to mid 5 second passes throughout the weekend.

These are definitely NHRA standards and show the talent of Scott's crew chief Jim Oberhoffer.

"'Jim-O' really showed us what he is capable of throughout the two days of racing", comments Jim Read, WSID CEO.

The Read family stunned everyone including the visiting Americans during the second qualifying session on Tuesday night when they etched their way into the Australian Drag Racing history books as the first all Australian team to break into the 4.50 zone with a 4.571.

"We finally did it. Bruce, Phil and the rest of the crew really deserve this. We couldn't think of a better time to achieve this feat than right here on our home track and in-front of visiting Americans. This is a sign of things to come", remarked Read.

In the ever so competitive field of Top Alcohol, Wayne Newby managed to win his third consecutive event with a win over Brett 'The Boss' Stevens in an extremely close final round match up.

With the win Wayne stretches his lead in the Top Alcohol points championship for 2006/2007.

In Top Doorslammer Peter Lovering used a consistent race car to win the no holds barred Top Doorslammer shootout.

Sportsman Results (Winners and Runner-Up)

Super Gas

Winner: Joe Catanzariti
Runner-Up: Darryl Stephen

Competition

Winner: Chris Soldatos
Runner-Up: Daniel Schultz

Super Stock

Winner: Bill Perdikaris
Runner-Up: Les Heintz

Competition Bike

Winner: Terry Jackson
Runner-Up: Col Marion

Modified Eliminator

Winner: Ken Stewart
Runner-Up: David Crossland

Super Sedan

Winner: Neil Constantinou
Runner-Up: Greg Fowler

Super Street

Winner: Michael Gauci
Runner-Up: Nikolce Uncevski

Modified Bike

Winner: Evelyne Schotz
Runner-Up Dave McLachlan

Junior Dragster

Winner: Ronnie Palumbo
Runner-Up: Bree Fenech

-credit: wsid

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Series Drag , NHRA
Drivers Scott Kalitta , Terry Sainty