Dallas: Dave Grubnic final report

Dave Grubnic, Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster, No. 12 qualifier - defeated in round one ENNIS, Tex., (Sept. 23, 2007) -- During final eliminations Sunday of the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, Tex., just a few miles south of downtown Dallas,...

Dave Grubnic, Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster, No. 12 qualifier - defeated in round one

ENNIS, Tex., (Sept. 23, 2007) -- During final eliminations Sunday of the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, Tex., just a few miles south of downtown Dallas, native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the 8,000-horsepower Zantrex-3 Top Fuel dragster, put forth his best effort of the weekend on the all-concrete racing surface at the Texas Motorplex in the first round of eliminations, but he came up just short of getting the win light.

Grubnic, the No. 12 qualifier (4.603 sec., 283.01 mph), raced No. 5 qualifier Larry Dixon in the opener. Under some cloud cover in the Texas skies, the two Top Fuel veterans battled it out in a great side-by-side drag race. In the end though, Grubnic's best lap of the weekend, 4.598 seconds at 322.50 mph, was not enough to get around Dixon's 4.544-sec., 317.19-mph winning run. The margin of victory at the finish line was less than a car length.

"We can't be terribly disappointed, but we are a little for sure," Grubnic, a 45-year old resident of Ennis, Mont., said. "It was a great race, and we gave it our best shot. I have to say though that Connie (Kalitta, team owner and crew chief) and my guys have our car running great and a lot more consistent in the past few races so we are really encouraged going into the last three races of the season."

-credit: km

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Drivers Larry Dixon