Englishtown: Scott Kalitta preview

NHRA Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta fueled by a need to silence detractors ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 14, 2006) -- This weekend, June 15-18, as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series heads to the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township ...

NHRA Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta fueled by a need to silence detractors

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 14, 2006) -- This weekend, June 15-18, as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series heads to the K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., Kalitta Air Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta wants to prove a point to the auto racing world -- He wants to be a known as a contender and not as an "also ran".

Despite his winning pedigree and high expectations, Kalitta, the son of team owner and drag racing legend Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta, has had a difficult foray back into the nitro-fueled Funny Car class this season. In the first ten NHRA national events, Kalitta has amassed two elimination round wins and has failed to qualify for final eliminations four times, including the previous event in Chicago. The wily drag racing veteran has certainly had ups and downs in his career, but this season has been extraordinarily tough to handle.

"I want to win," Kalitta said. "I wouldn't be out here if I didn't. Our season has been really frustrating so far, but we're not giving up. I know all the guys on my team are working just as hard as the other teams, and I'm sure they're tired of losing too."

"I've heard some rumblings in the pits from fans and even some other teams that we're just out here making laps and we're not a threat. That's just the kind of thing to get us motivated and make us want to go kick some butts even more. We're going to get this thing figured out, and when we do everybody better look out."

Scott, a 43-year old resident of Palmetto, Fla., and 25-year drag racing veteran, made the switch from Top Fuel to Funny Car this season. Scott has one NHRA national event win in his career in nitro Funny Car and that was at the Houston event in 1989 while driving with a broken left foot. In Top Fuel, Scott scored two world championships (1994-1995) and 17 NHRA national event wins.

The K&N Filters SuperNationals begins Friday, June 16, for the Funny Car class with two qualifying sessions at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (ET). Two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The top sixteen qualified cars will race Sunday in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

All times and dates subject to change.

The K&N Filters SuperNationals is the 11th of 23 national events in the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

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