Bristol: Doug Kalitta final report

Doug Kalitta, Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster -- No. 3 qualifier (4.536 seconds, 320.66 mph) advanced to quarterfinals Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team race to quarterfinals in Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn., (May 18, 2008) -- Sunday at the O'Reilly NHRA...

Doug Kalitta, Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster -- No. 3 qualifier (4.536 seconds, 320.66 mph) advanced to quarterfinals
Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team race to quarterfinals in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn., (May 18, 2008) -- Sunday at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn., Doug Kalitta, driver of the "Big Red" Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, won his 7th elimination round of the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series en route to his 73rd career quarter-final finish.

Kalitta, the No. 3 qualifier, 4.536 seconds, 320.66 mph, got a "free pass" in the opening round of Sunday's Top Fuel eliminations when his opponent and No. 14 qualifier Todd Paton was shut off due to a mechanical failure after doing his burnout. Kalitta's single lap down the quarter-mile garnered him a 4.710-second, 308.64-mph time slip.

In the quarterfinals, Kalitta faced Brandon Bernstein. Kalitta's extreme-horsepower Mac Tools machine had mechanical sufferings of its own after the start of his race with Bernstein. Kalitta charged down his lane as best he could, but it was not enough to catch his opponent, and Bernstein took the victory, 4.810 sec., 280.19 mph to 4.545 sec., 326.71 mph.

The Mac Tools dragster crew won the Full Throttle Pit Crew Award for their extraordinary efforts in Bristol. The award goes to the Top Fuel crew of specialists who excel in consistency and performance in qualifying.

Kalitta remains in 8th place in POWERade Top Fuel championship points.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Todd Paton , Brandon Bernstein