Bristol: Doug Kalitta final report

Doug Kalitta makes final-round appearance in Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn., (May 17, 2009) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of the No. 50 Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, raced his way to the final round of eliminations Sunday at the annual running of the...

Doug Kalitta makes final-round appearance in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn., (May 17, 2009) -- Doug Kalitta, driver of the No. 50 Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, raced his way to the final round of eliminations Sunday at the annual running of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn.

Kalitta took on Tony Schumacher in the final round. The two venerable Top Fuel pilots put on a great side-by-side race for the fans, but Schumacher was able to barely edge out Kalitta at the finish line stripe to get the event win, 3.879 sec., 303.43 mph to 3.857 sec., 310.91.

En route to the final round, Kalitta, a 12-year Top Fuel veteran, defeated Doug Herbert, Cory McClenathan, and Shawn Langdon respectively. Kalitta's trip to the "money round" was the 57th of his career, the 2nd this season, and the fourth of his career at Bristol Dragway.

"What an awesome day for our entire Kalitta Motorsports team," Kalitta, a 44-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. "We sure would've liked to get the win, but it just wasn't meant to be for us today. Our whole team did a great job all weekend making our No. 50 dragster better and better, and going rounds today was a huge boost for our team."

Kalitta's teammate, Jeff Arend, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, qualified his nitro-fueled flopper in the No. 14 slot (4.335 sec., 280.02 mph). He was defeated in round one of Funny Car eliminations Sunday by Del Worsham, 5.321 sec., 179.04 mph to 4.378 sec., 254.57 mph.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Del Worsham , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan , Jeff Arend , Shawn Langdon