Kalitta Motorsports' Top Fuelers qualify No. 2, No. 3 and No. 7 for NHRA event in Columbus Columbus, Ohio, May 21 2005 -- At the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals at famed National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, Kalitta Motorsports' NHRA-only...
Kalitta Motorsports' Top Fuelers qualify No. 2, No. 3 and No. 7 for NHRA event in Columbus
Columbus, Ohio, May 21 2005 -- At the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals at famed National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio, Kalitta Motorsports' NHRA-only three-car Top Fuel dragster team of Doug Kalitta, "Aussie Dave" Grubnic and Scott Kalitta qualified No. 2, No. 3 and No. 7 respectively for the top-half of Sunday's 16-car final eliminations ladder.
Current Top Fuel championship points leader and two-time championship points runner-up (2003-2004) Doug Kalitta, 40, driver of the bright red Mac Tools dragster, qualified No. 2 (4.551 sec., 327.35 mph). He will race No. 15 qualifier Bruce Litton in round one. Doug is 5-0 versus Litton in his career.
Doug, 40, an eight-year Top Fuel veteran and former USAC National Sprint Car Champion (1994), owns 22 NHRA national event trophies. He won the Mac Tools Gatornationals in March in Gainesville, Fla., and the previous two national events in Bristol, Tenn., and Atlanta. Doug has yet to win three consecutive NHRA events in his quarter-mile career.
Grubnic, driver of the black and electric blue-flamed Zantrex-3 Top Fuel hot rod, qualified No. 3 (4.557 seconds, 326.08 mph). He will race No. 14 qualifier John Smith in round one of eliminations. Grubnic is 4-2 versus Smith in his career.
Fifth place championship points holder and native Australian Grubnic, 42, the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout special event winner last fall in Las Vegas, has made seven final-round appearances in his 11-year career but has not yet won an NHRA national event.
Two-time Top Fuel World Champion (1994-1995) Scott Kalitta, 43, driver of the colorfully striped and black Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel dragster, qualified No. 7 (4.620 sec., 324.98 mph). He will race No. 10 qualifier Tim Cullinan in round one of eliminations. Scott has never raced Cullinan in his career.
Scott, who won the opening event of the 2005 season in Pomona, Calif., in February, is currently eighth in championship points. He has 17 (16 Top Fuel, 1 Funny Car) NHRA national event victories in his 24-year career.
The Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals is the eighth of 23 national events in the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
Sunday's final eliminations begin with the Top Fuel class at 11:00 a.m.