Commerce: Kalitta Motorsports preview

Team Kalitta Georgia bound for season's seventh NHRA event in Atlanta Commerce, Ga., May 12, 2004 -- Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster team drivers Doug Kalitta, Scott Kalitta and "Aussie Dave" Grubnic are expecting hot temperatures and ...

Team Kalitta Georgia bound for season's seventh NHRA event in Atlanta

Commerce, Ga., May 12, 2004 -- Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster team drivers Doug Kalitta, Scott Kalitta and "Aussie Dave" Grubnic are expecting hot temperatures and scorching on-the-track, quarter-mile action this weekend at the seventh stop on the $50 million POWERade Drag Racing Series 23-event tour at Atlanta Dragway for the 24th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-16, in Commerce, Ga., just east of Atlanta.

Top Fuel championship runner-up in 2003 Doug Kalitta, driver of the bright red Mac Tools flagship rail, has 15 career national event victories and has already reached two final rounds this year (Pomona 1, Phoenix). He was low qualifier at the season-opening event in Pomona, Calif., and has 17 No.1 qualifying spots in his seven-year career. He is cousin to teammate Scott Kalitta and nephew of team owner, crew chief and drag racing legend Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta. Doug's entry is overseen by co-crew chief Rahn Tobler, who helped wrench wife Shirley Muldowney's race cars to three NHRA championships until her retirement last season. Doug holds the quickest (4.428 sec. - Chicago 2, 2003) and fastest (335.57 mph -- Las Vegas 1, 2004) marks in NHRA history. He currently sits in third in championship points.

Two-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion (1994-1995) Scott Kalitta, driver of the radically painted red and black Mac Tools/Jesse James dragster also has 15 career national event victories (14 Top Fuel, 1 Funny Car). He too has one low qualifier award this year for his achievement in Las Vegas in early April. He has 19 No. 1 qualifiers in his 23-year career. Kalitta Motorsports team manager Jim Oberhofer serves as co-crew chief on Scott's fan-favorite hot rod. Scott, the son of Connie, is currently just nine points out of the tenth spot in 11th position in championship points. After a multi-year retirement, Scott returned to the Top Fuel ranks in 2003 at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

Journeyman racer "Aussie Dave" Grubnic pilots the third dragster from Kalitta Motorsports. Grubnic's jet black Kalitta Air machine was low qualifier earlier this season at consecutive events in Phoenix and Gainesville. He has three No. 1 qualifying positions in his ten-year career. Jim Oberhofer's younger brother Jon has the responsibilities of co-crew chief on Grubnic's race car. Jon is in his rookie season at the position. Grubnic, a native of Brisbane, Australia, has reached the final round twice in his career but has yet to take home a title trophy.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Kalitta , Scott Kalitta , Jim Oberhofer , Jesse James