Commerce: Kalitta Racing final report

Team Kalitta experiences lows and highs in Atlanta COMMERCE, Ga., (April 19, 2009) -- Team Kalitta teammates Doug Kalitta and Jeff Arend both had their racing day in eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals end quickly...

Team Kalitta experiences lows and highs in Atlanta

COMMERCE, Ga., (April 19, 2009) -- Team Kalitta teammates Doug Kalitta and Jeff Arend both had their racing day in eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals end quickly and unexpectedly, Sunday, at Atlanta Dragway, just a few miles from Atlanta.

Kalitta, driver of the No. 50 Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, qualified his racing rail in the respectable No. 9 position for today's 16-car Top Fuel eliminations. Doug's bright yellow, 8,000-horsepower machine began experiencing traction problems before the half-track mark in his first-round race against Shawn Langdon and that allowed Langdon to get to the finish line first, 4.277 seconds, 265.85 mph to 3.860 sec., 312.42 mph.

Kalitta's teammate Jeff Arend, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, had his hopes of Atlanta Dragway glory dashed in the opening round of Funny Car eliminations.Arend, the No. 13 qualifier,and his opponent, Tony Pedregon, wowed the huge crowd at the historic track with a great side-by-side run, but Pedregon's very slight starting line advantage (.063 sec., to .097 sec.) made the difference at the 1,000-ft. finish line, 4.146 sec., 303.98 mph to 4.162 sec., 304.60 mph.

The DHL team's 4.146-second time slip in today's opener was their quickest lap of the 2009 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

In 2009, Kalitta Motorsports is celebrating 50 years of drag racing by team owner and drag racing legend Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta. Over the past 50 years, Connie, who has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and as an owner, has dedicated unequalled amounts of time and resources to building one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing. Kalitta Motorsports has won five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

The event in Georgia was the 6th of 24 national events in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Doug Kalitta , Jeff Arend , Shawn Langdon