Bristol: Doug Kalitta preview

Kalitta set to defend Mac Tools Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals title. Ypsilanti, MI, April 22, 2002 -- The rites of Spring for some may mean the crack of a bat on a fastball and for others it may be the sweet aroma of blooming flowers in the ...

Kalitta set to defend Mac Tools Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals title.

Ypsilanti, MI, April 22, 2002 -- The rites of Spring for some may mean the crack of a bat on a fastball and for others it may be the sweet aroma of blooming flowers in the countryside.

For NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series fans, the rumble of thunder echoing through the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee and the acute twinge of nitro exhaust fumes settling throughout its valleys define the season when the Mac ToolsTM Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals roars into Bristol, Tennessee, April 26-28 at Bristol Dragway.

In the inaugural Mac ToolsTM Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals last year, Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports dragster team rolled through the Top Fuel competition to claim the title trophy.

"Our Mac Tools dragster team is excited about racing in Bristol," said Kalitta. "We are the defending champions and Bristol Dragway is a first-class facility, so Team Kalitta is eager to battle at the Mac ToolsTM Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals."

The Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports team brings an extra amount of confidence with them to Bristol after grabbing the top qualifying spot at the last NHRA event in Houston. They expect to garner a high level of respect for the Mac Tools dragster's performance from their competitors as well.

"The tune-up combination on our Mac Tools dragster in Houston supplied our team with valuable data that has shown us that we can compete with the two beer cars and the rest of the Top Fuel contingent even on really hot race tracks," said Co-Crew Chief Jim Oberhofer. "It is time for our Mac Tools team to start climbing up the points ladder and our race car is certainly capable."

Kalitta said, "We want to win. Our Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports team wants to win if we are racing in the Kmart parking lot. That is the only reason we race. We want to win for all of the Mac Tools fans, employees and distributors that stand and cheer for us every time our Mac Tools dragster rolls to the starting line."

Doug Kalitta Fast Facts

Career event wins: 8
Last event win: 2001 Sears Craftsman Nationals, St. Louis
Career final rounds: 20
Last final round: 2001 O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Dallas
Career No. 1 qualifying: 5
Last No. 1 qualifying: 2002 NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Houston
Career best elapsed time: 4.498 (2001 Pep Boys NHRA Nationals)
Career best speed: 325.53 (2002 K & N Filters Winternationals)

After 5 of 23 National Events, Doug is 5th in NHRA POWERade Top Fuel Championship points.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Jim Oberhofer