Englishtown: Kalitta Motorsports preview

Englishtown next NHRA stop for Team Kalitta's three-car Top Fuel effort Englishtown, N.J., June 16, 2004 -- Mac Tools flagship driver Doug Kalitta is looking forward to racing his bright red, 7000+ horsepower Top Fuel dragster again at Old...

Englishtown next NHRA stop for Team Kalitta's three-car Top Fuel effort

Englishtown, N.J., June 16, 2004 -- Mac Tools flagship driver Doug Kalitta is looking forward to racing his bright red, 7000+ horsepower Top Fuel dragster again at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., at the 35th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals, June 17-20.

It was at the famed track in last season's NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series that Doug and his Mac Tools rail dominated the Top Fuel field en route to winning the title trophy. A 16-time NHRA national event winner, he defeated defending Top Fuel Champion Larry Dixon in last year's final round. Doug, 2003 Top Fuel championship points runner-up, also won the 2000 edition of the Englishtown event.

"Englishtown is a fun place to race for us," Kalitta, holder of the quickest (4.420 sec.) and fastest (335.57 mph) time slips in NHRA history, said. "It seems to bring out the best in our team sometimes. We're third in [championship] points right now, so we need to make as many rounds as possible if we want to be in contention to win it all down the stretch. Hopefully, we can pick up a win in Englishtown and, more importantly, close in on the points lead."

Doug's cousin and Kalitta Motorsports teammate Scott Kalitta, driver of the wildly decorated Mac Tools/Jesse James Top Fuel hot rod has different motives for wanting to race again at the historic New Jersey drag strip.

Scott, a two-time (1994-1995) NHRA Top Fuel Champion, has never won a Top Fuel trophy at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Scott, a 15-time NHRA national event winner, returned to the driver's seat last season at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis after a multi-year retirement.

"I haven't won since I've been back," Scott said. "I think getting my first win at Englishtown would also be great for picking up my first win since I came back. Our Mac Tools/Jesse James team works really hard to keep our car running at the highest level, so I want to pick up a win for them just as much as I want another trophy for myself."

In the third Team Kalitta Top Fuel entry, fan-favorite "Aussie Dave" Grubnic pilots the jet black Kalitta Air dragster. Grubnic, a journeyman Top Fuel driver, joined Kalitta Motorsports in January. After being No. 1 qualifier four times already this season, he is closing in on his first NHRA win.

The K&N Filters SuperNationals is the 11th of 23 events in the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Team owner and drag racing legend Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta serves as crew chief for all three Team Kalitta entries. He is Doug's uncle and Scott's dad. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Rahn Tobler (Mac Tools dragster), Jim Oberhofer (Mac Tools/Jesse James dragster) and Jon Oberhofer (Kalitta Air dragster).

Qualifying for Sunday's 16-car final eliminations field begins with two sessions Friday for the professional classes and two more again Saturday.

Please visit www.kalittaracing.com for more information about Kalitta Motorsports.

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