Englishtown: Kalitta Motorsports Saturday summary

Scott Kalitta leads Team Kalitta qualifying in Englishtown ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 23, 2007) -- Seasoned nitro drag racing veteran Scott Kalitta, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, posted his highest qualifying effort of the 2007 NHRA...

Scott Kalitta leads Team Kalitta qualifying in Englishtown

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 23, 2007) -- Seasoned nitro drag racing veteran Scott Kalitta, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, posted his highest qualifying effort of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season at the ProCare Rx NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

From the lofty No.4 (4.768 seconds, 317.79 mph) spot in the qualifying order, Scott, the son of team owner and drag racing legend Conrad "Connie" Kalitta, will begin Sunday's 16-car final eliminations by facing off against No. 13 (4.841 sec., 319.52 mph) qualifier Jeff Arend in round one tomorrow.

The No. 4 qualifying effort for Scott and the DHL team is his best in the Funny Car ranks since returning to the flopper class at the beginning of last season. Scott raced Funny Cars early in his 26-year quarter-mile, nitro career, but has spent most of his time behind the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster, where he won back-to-back NHRA world championships in 1994 and 1995.

His cousin and teammate Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, drove his rocket red rail into the No. 14 (4.653 sec., 328.38 mp) spot in the qualifying order for the long, skinny cars. Doug will roll to the starting line for tomorrow's opening round of Top Fuel eliminations against No. 3 (4.487 sec., 330.39 mph) qualifier Clay Millican.

Doug's Top Fuel cohort and native Australian Dave Grubnic, driver of the Zantrex-3 Top Fueler, qualified on the No. 16 rung of the eliminations ladder. Grubnic and the Zantrex-3 team struggled in their first three qualifying attempts and were on the outside looking in for tomorrow's final eliminations, but the team persevered and took the final qualifying spot in the order on their final attempt, 4.808 sec., 314.09 mph. Grubnic and the Zantrex-3 team will race No. 1 (4.455 sec., 331.94 mph) qualifier Tony Schumacher in round one.

Hillary Will, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports-managed, Ken Black-owned KB Racing LLC Top Fueler, qualified in the No. 7 position for eliminations.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Scott Kalitta , Jeff Arend , Hillary Will , Ken Black